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Trend Micro Nurtures Global Cybersecurity Talent With 2018 Capture The Flag Event


Company encourages development of critical capabilities to address
global skills shortage

Micro Incorporated
; TSE:
), a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, today announced
its fourth annual Capture The Flag (CTF) competition, which invites
teams from around the world to demonstrate their skills and challenge
their knowledge in today's most critical areas of cybersecurity
protection. The Trend Micro CTF 2018 – Raimund Genes Cup is one of
several ways the company works to motivate and train talent to support
the critical industry need.

"At Trend Micro, we have always been passionate about fighting the bad
guys to make the world safer for exchanging digital information, and
skilled professionals are imperative to make that a reality," said Eva
Chen, chief executive officer for Trend Micro. "We recognized there was
a growing need for more strong professionals, so four years ago we began
our global CTF to encourage and develop these critical skills in young
professionals. By honing these capabilities in more professionals we are
doing our part to minimize the skills shortage."

The annual global CTF helps participants develop and hone their skills
in today's most critical areas of need, including cybercrimes, targeted
attacks, Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS).

Trend Micro hosts nearly 20 CTFs each year around the world, including
the main global event, as well as hosting 10 contests in collaboration
with the Organization of American States, which are specific to women
across Latin America.

Beyond this event, Trend Micro operates a number of additional
initiatives that support skills development. The company recruits and
trains new cybersecurity professionals in five global centers, located
in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Czech Republic and Egypt. These
centers recruit individuals from both technical and non-technical
backgrounds with no specific cybersecurity experience required. After
completing a comprehensive cybersecurity training program, the
individuals receive job offers from strategic partners and customers, as
well as Trend Micro, to fill the need for more trained practitioners
across the industry. In total, Trend Micro will support the development
of more than 2,500 new cybersecurity professionals by 2022, to
counteract the 1.8 million skills shortage projected by Frost & Sullivan.2

"A lack of qualified professionals is the most consistent security
concern we hear from businesses," said Mark Liggett, Senior Security
Analyst from Tulane University. "Trend Micro is one of very few global
companies that is actively working to help change this. Equipping new
professionals from all walks of life is key to helping more businesses
effectively manage their security stack and mitigate the risk of attack."

This year's CTF consists of two rounds, an online qualifier and the
finals. Taking place on September 15-16, the online qualifier will
include Jeopardy style questions that challenge teams to solve various
security problems quickly. The top 10 teams will qualify for the finals,
which will take place in Tokyo, Japan on December 15-16. The finals
presents both King of the Hill and Jeopardy-style questions to further
test the teams' skills.

The winning team from the finals receives JPY1,000,000, which is about
US $9,000, along with 15,000 Zero Day Initiative Rewards Program points
per player. The second and third place teams receive JPY300,000 and
JPY200,000, which is nearly US $3,000 and $2,000 respectively.

To register a team for the online qualifier, please visit:

About Trend Micro

Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions,
helps to make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Our
innovative solutions for consumers, businesses, and governments provide
layered security for data centers, cloud environments, networks, and
endpoints. All our products work together to seamlessly share threat
intelligence and provide a connected threat defense with centralized
visibility and control, enabling better, faster protection. With more
than 6,000 employees in over 50 countries and the world's most advanced
global threat intelligence, Trend Micro secures your connected world.
For more information, visit

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2 Frost & Sullivan, 2017 Global Information Security
Workforce Study "Benchmarking Workforce Capacity and Response to Cyber
Risk", June, 2017

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