Perspecta Team Makes Major Splash at Two Hackathons
Perspecta’s hacker team, Opt1x, wins first place at U.S. Cyber Command hacker conference, and places in the top 20 percent at DEF CON 27
Chantilly, Va.— October 22, 2019—Perspecta Inc. (NYSE: PRSP), a leading U.S. government services provider, today announced that its hackathon competition team, Opt1x, took first place at DreamPort’s rapid prototyping event (RPE). The team also placed 36 out of 229 teams at OpenCTF, a key competition at this year’s DEF CON 27.
DreamPort, the cyber innovation center created by U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) in collaboration with the Maryland Innovation & Security Institute, is dedicated to the research and development of cyber capabilities for USCYBERCOM and our nation’s warfighters. DreamPort’s RPE competition specifically targeted malware signature diversity and signature measurement for Microsoft Windows in a simulated operational environment at a realistic pace. As a defensive team, Opt1x had to review malicious software binaries through multiple rounds, then leverage custom tools and advanced forensics to quantify the maliciousness of several binaries while identifying the likely source.
OpenCTF, a capture-the-flag-type hacking contest built on the principle of inclusion with challenges for all skill levels was held at DEF CON 27, one of the world’s largest and most notable hacker conventions. Here, the Opt1x had to acquire challenge flags and accumulate points by solving dozens of forensic, binary, cryptographic, web security and reverse engineering problems.
“There is no question that the successful performance of the Opt1x team resulted from the combined experience of its team members researching and developing cyber techniques, applications and analytics for Department of Defense customers,” said Mac Curtis, president and chief executive officer, Perspecta. “The team’s success demonstrates Perspecta’s cyber expertise and understanding of the evolving threat landscape and ability to provide our customers with a clear advantage.”
0pt1x—pronounced “optics”—includes team members from both Perspecta and the company’s innovative applied research arm, Perspecta Labs, who serve in research science and cyber operator roles.
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At Perspecta (NYSE: PRSP), we question, we seek and we solve. Perspecta brings a diverse set of capabilities to our U.S. government customers in defense, intelligence, civilian, health care and state and local markets. Our 270+ issued, licensed and pending patents are more than just pieces of paper, they tell the story of our innovation. With offerings in mission services, digital transformation and enterprise operations, our team of 14,000 engineers, analysts, investigators and architects work tirelessly to not only execute the mission, but build and support the backbone that enables it. Perspecta was formed to take on big challenges. We are an engine for growth and success and we enable our customers to build a better nation. For more information about Perspecta, visit perspecta.com.
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