BSidesLV 2019 PvJ CTF Sign-up for Pros
Calling All Pros!

Pro registration for the BSidesLV Pros V Joes competition is now open!

Pros V Joes website:

What is the Pros V Joes CTF?

This event is an opportunity for average users (Joes) to try their hand at both the offensive and defensive side of computer security. For the Pros, it's a chance to hone and show off their skills while helping others to learn and better themselves. It's also a lot of fun.

Joes are split up into teams, each with a Pro captain, and given their own network to defend against the other Pros in our Red Cell. Each team's network comes complete with all of the services, servers, and desktops common to an organization today. Of course, there will be more than a few surprises...

If you are applying as a Blue Pro, your mission is to help your team secure the services and systems, find the Red Cell, and expel them while keeping them from getting back in. If you are applying as a Red Pro...well, you know what your job will be. ;-)

All Pros are expected to be courteous and friendly to Joes, helping them learn and better themselves throughout the event.

For two days, players will attack and defend in live networks, breaking into each other's systems to steal flags for fame and glory. Each team is provided with their own network that is full of servers and workstations to defend. All of this gear is housed in a dedicated and isolated network that we affectionately call the Gaming Grid. Players need only bring a laptop to connect to the environment with. Please note that RJ45 cat5 or 6 connections are required this year. (Laptops will not be in the line of fire, if you follow the rules... ;-).

The environment to host this CTF is currently undergoing active construction and will be laced with various surprises to keep the game interesting. The networks that the Blue Teams must defend will be a mix of Windows and Linux, with the typical Internet services (web, DNS, mail, etc) and more obscure systems and services.

At the end, a winning team will be announced.

You, the Pros, are pivotal for this event to be successful. We need your skills and experience, as well as your help training and tutoring the Joe's.

I'd like to ask each Pro to respond with a bit of background about yourself - your background, your level of experience, and your area of expertise. This information will help tailor the game so that we can make the best use of the talent in the Pro pool.

In the days and weeks ahead, I'd like to build a dialog amongst the Pros. As we get closer to the event, we will be reaching out to applicants to determine where the best fit might be. Red Applicants can expect to be tested in our Proving Grounds, so be prepared to show us your mettle. Blue Applicants will undergo an interview process before being accepted.

Lastly, if anyone has questions, comments, or suggestions, please don't hesitate to tweet me @dichotomy1. I'm very open to new ideas, and think a group collaboration can only make this event better.


Name *
Your answer
Twitter Handle, nickname, or other Social Media contact *
“I don’t have one” is an acceptable answer - but we might give one to you. ;)
Your answer
Email *
Your answer
Phone *
Contact # we can reach you at days of show
Your answer
What qualifies you to be a "Pro"? *
Your answer
Do you prefer Red Team (Offense) or Blue Team (Defense)?
Give your preference for a side, but we may ask you to do the other, if you're able and willing (it depends upon turnout).
General Skills
How skilled are you at Windows? *
not my thing
Microsoft calls me for tech support
How skilled are you at Windows Domain?
not my thing
GPOs are my life
How skilled are you at Linux? *
not my thing
Linus asks for my opinion on kernel commits
How skilled are you at networking? *
what's a packet?
I write RFCs for fun
Defensive Skills
How skilled are you at netsec? *
I just need a firewall, right?
I eat flows, sigs, and pcaps for breakfast
How skilled are you at hostsec? *
AV is good enough, right?
I can smell rootkits from 50 yards
How skilled are you at Incident Response? *
A reboot will do, right?
I wrote the SANS course
Offensive Skills
How skilled are you at attacking Linux?
I pwn all the things
How skilled are you at attacking Windows?
I pwn all the things
How skilled are you at attacking Web?
I pwn all the things
How skilled are you at post compromise?
APT don't got nothin' on me
How good are you at defense evasion?
I am as unseen as the wind...
How good are you at persistence?
Take out my shells and you rip out your own spine
Other Information
Please describe your areas of expertise *
Your answer
Please list your experience *
Your answer
Please describe your background *
Your answer
What CTFs have you played in before?
Your answer
How many times have you played in Pros V Joes before?
What is your shirt size?
Is there other information you would like to provide?
Your answer
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