A cybersecurity high school student competition designed by students, for students.

CanHack is the Canadian category of picoCTF, a free online cybersecurity competition developed and run by Carnegie Mellon University. The game features a series of digital challenges based on unique storylines.

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About CanHack

In today’s digital world, understanding cybersecurity matters more now than ever before. The DMZ at Ryerson University, in partnership with the Royal Bank of Canada, have come together to launch CanHack - a cybersecurity student competition. Participants will learn critical computer security skills, work with experts in the field and have an opportunity to win up to $16,250 in cash prizes for both themselves and the school they attend!

Participants must reverse engineer, break, hack, decrypt, or do whatever it takes to solve the problem statement. At the end of the challenge, students will walk away with a basic understanding of cybersecurity systems and:

Explore new careers

Leverage our up-to-date digital learning tools to teach the latest tech skills. Introduce students to career possibilities that exist in the growing cybersecurity field and computer science sector.

Access complimentary educational tools

Access industry approved supplies, lesson plans and guides that cover everything from coding to computational skills in order to create a well-rounded experiential learning opportunities.

Learn cybersecurity skills

Establish basic digital literacy, cybersecurity and privacy skills by providing hands-on learning for students and introduce them to experts in the field.

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Prizes for top 3 teams

Prizes for top 3 schools

New this year


*Winning this prize does not disqualify a team from other prize pools

Awards criteria

In order to participate students must adhere to the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled at a Canadian high school
  • Apply individually or with a team consisting of no more than five students
  • Be registered by a teacher or adult supervisor

There is no fee to participate and students can sign up to compete until March 2021. There is no limit to the number of teams that can represent a single school, and members do not have to attend the same school.

*Students and teams that do not meet these requirements can still participate, but will not be eligible to win contest prizes. Please see competition rules for details.

Workshops

Tailored for students in all grades from 9 to 12, these introductory workshops will help
students learn about the fundamentals of cybersecurity, including key content on:

WEB SECURITY
CRYPTOGRAPHY
COMPUTER FORENSICS
REVERSE ENGINEERING
BINARY EXPLOITATION
AND MUCH MORE!

Register your students for a workshop here

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See below for full dates:

Date

Subject

Wednesday October 28th Web Security
Wednesday, November 4th Cryptography
Wednesday, November 11th Computer Forensics
Wednesday, November 18th Women in Cyber Leadership
Wednesday, November 25th Reverse Engineering
Wednesday, December 2nd Binary Exploitation
Wednesday, December 9th Intro to Critical Thinking
Wednesday, December 16th Optional Breakout Session with RBC Mentors

Program Timeline

October 2020 - December 2020:
Introductory Workshops (Grades 9/10 - introductory level workshops on a number of topics including Binary Exploitation, Cryptography, Web Security Skills, Critical Thinking, Women in Cyber Security, Reverse Engineering & Computer Forensics
January 2021 - February 2021:
Advanced Workshops - introductory level workshops on a number of topics including Binary Exploitation, Cryptography, Web Security Skills, Critical Thinking, Women in Cyber Security, Reverse Engineering & Computer Forensics
February 2021:
Teacher & Mentor Information Sessions on PicoCTF 2021 game
March 2021:
CanHack Challenge Launch Event for PicoCTF 2021
PicoCTF 2021 game live
April 2021:
CanHack Cyber Expo Day + Awards Ceremony

Mentorship

See the form below for more information on mentorship and what being a CanHack mentor entails.

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Naveed Tagari

Sandbox Coordinator

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Partner

National Partner

The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is a global financial institution with a purpose-driven, principles-led approach to delivering leading performance. Our success comes from the 81,000+ employees who bring our vision, values and strategy to life so we can help our clients thrive and communities prosper. As Canada’s biggest bank, and one of the largest in the world based on market capitalization, we have a diversified business model with a focus on innovation and providing exceptional experiences to our 16 million clients in Canada, the U.S. and 34 other countries.

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