Since the summer of 2017, DMZ and the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) have worked together as strong partners, invested in launching unique and key programming focused on raising the Canadian cybersecurity ecosystem to the global stage.
In today’s digital world, understanding cybersecurity matters now more than ever before. Recent high-profile attacks have highlighted just how important it is to not only bolster digital literacy among Canadian students, but also encourage youth to think about future careers in computer science. As a result, the DMZ organized CanHack, powered by RBC, now going into its third year of partnership. CanHack is an online cyber security challenge for Canadian high school students that utilizes the platform picoCTF, which was developed by Carnegie Mellon University. The game consists of a series of challenges centred around a unique storyline where participants must reverse engineer, break, hack, decrypt, or do whatever it takes to solve the challenge. The challenges are all set up with the intent of being hacked, making it an excellent, legal way to get hands-on experience. For 2021, DMZ and RBC have ambitious plans to increase the overall impact and awareness of CanHack across Canada.