Information for Parents & Students

Students - Interested in Capture the Flag?

Do you like puzzles? Are you passionate about solving a mystery? Are you interested in pursuing a career in Cybersecurity?  Want to be a super hero in the hacking world? If you answered yes to any of these questions then a Capture the Flag Ethical Hacking Cybersecurity competition is for you. MAGIC’s competitions are for beginner level high school and college students ages 14-19 interested in pursuing a career in Cybersecurity. Check out some resources we put together for you to get started.

*Kali Linux is a forensic and security-focused distribution based on Debian’s Testing branch. Kali Linux is designed with penetration testing, data recovery and threat detection in mind. This is the environment of choice for cybersecurity.

Kali Linux Documentation

Kali Linux testing tools

Parents- Why promote CTF to your child?

According to national polls, 1.8 million cybersecurity jobs will go unfilled in the next 5 years. As the digital age expands, our lives become vulnerable to cyber attacks everyday. If your child has an interest in technology, he/she might be the next “white hat” out there.

Cybersecurity careers are one of the fastest growing occupations today.  By promoting these competitions, you are guiding your child to a responsible and exciting use of their computer talents. Cyber competitions encourage players to utilize real world methods and best practices to achieve their goals in a legal and responsible manner.

We have heard from several parents who ask, “My child’s interest in coding and hacking has me concerned. What can I do to keep them on the right path?” First, and foremost, support them. The world  is growing by leaps and bounds in the technological sector. Your child’s interest will help to advance future technological discoveries. Next, provide them with the tools and resources that allow them to make good ethical hacking choices.

MAGIC’s Capture the Flag is one resource to help show your child that being a good guy in the hacking world is a satisfying achievement. Students just starting out need a reliable source for information on the subject of cybersecurity. MAGIC’s Capture the Flag competitions provide a safe, legal and real world environment for your child to experience ethical hacking up close and personal.

Don’t assume your child knows the difference between a “black hat” hacker and a “white hat” ethical hacker. MAGIC promotes the “white hat” approach and applies the principles of ethical hacking during our competitions. Your child will be challenged to work as a team to solve puzzles in an unstructured setting. This informal style of learning replicates situations they will face in the real world and leaves them eager to learn more!

Addition resources for parents:

This is a great article for both parents and students interested in ethical hacking:

Getting Started in Ethical Hacking

Even if your child is still in High school, now is the time to start looking into College programs that will encourage and provide a solid experience in cybersecurity.

Carroll Community College Cyber program

UMBC Cyber Certificates

UMUC Cyber Programs