Security Innovation and WISP Run Conference-Wide Contest at DEF CON 25

July 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In partnership with Women in Security and Privacy (WISP), Security Innovation, cybersecurity provider and leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Security Training three years in a row, will be running a conference-wide interactive web application contest at DEF CON 25 Las Vegas, NV this year.

The contest, hand-selected by the DEF CON contest committee, is called CMD+CTRL.  CMD+CTRL is a highly interactive learning event where development and IT teams come together to put their security skills to the test. Players learn offensive and defensive tactics in real-world environment where they compete to find vulnerabilities in web applications and defend IT infrastructure.  At DEF CON, the contest will be based on Security Innovation’s Web Application CMD+CTRL Hackerthon.

“We are excited to run our second DEF CON contest with CMD+CTRL this year,” said Joe Basirico, VP of Services.  “It’ll be another fun opportunity to test out skills and compete with friends and other attendees. See you on the scoreboard!”
"Security competitions are a valuable way to develop and demonstrate a sound understanding of technical security," said Kenesa Ahmad, Co-Founder and Chair, Women in Security and Privacy. "It's important to make these opportunities available for those just entering or exploring the security industry as well as seasoned professionals looking to expand and refine their skills."

Recently Security Innovation has run their CMD+CTRL Hackerthon at several industry association meetings and events including: RSA, ToorCon, OWASP AppSec California, SecureWorld Portland, Connected Security Expo; as well as for many enterprise clients around the globe.

About Security Innovation
Since 2002, organizations have relied on Security Innovation for our unique software and application security expertise to help secure and protect sensitive data in the most challenging environments - automobiles, desktops, web applications, mobile devices and in the cloud.  A best in class security training, assessment and consulting provider, Security Innovation has been recognized as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Security Awareness Training for three years in a row.  Security Innovation is privately held and headquartered in Wilmington, MA USA. For more information, visit or connect with us on LinkedIn or Twitter.

About Women in Security and Privacy (WISP)
Women in Security and Privacy is a 501(c)(3) organization advancing women to lead the future of privacy and security. Its programs and initiatives empower women to steer the converging industry through technical and professional development. For more information, visit

Started in 1992 by the Dark Tangent, DEF CON is the world's longest running and largest underground hacking conference. Hackers, corporate IT professionals, and three letter government agencies all converge on Las Vegas every summer to absorb cutting edge hacking research from the most brilliant minds in the world and test their skills in contests of hacking might.  For more information, visit