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Pink Elephant Unicorn

Register now for PEUx5.0, which will be held July 13-14 at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA.

Pink Elephant Unicorn

Cyber security affects us all - from simple computer viruses to complex, targeted cyber-attacks. However few of us have the ability to recognize vulnerabilities in a network, implement measures to protect sensitive data, and prevent future malicious attacks.

Committed to advancing the field of cyber security, and building awareness of computer safety and security, PNNL created Pink Elephant Unicorn (PEU). This unique capture-the-flag event is open to the public, and provides training to build a cyber resilient community.

Develop New Skills

PEU engages participants in simulated activities that require teams to work together to solve challenging cyber puzzles. Areas include:

  • Reverse engineering
  • Crypto analysis
  • Buffer overflow
  • Network defense
  • Social engineering
  • Web application security
  • Forensics
  • Cyber/physical security

Open to Anyone

The primary goal of PEU is for participants to learn about cyber security challenges in a fun, safe environment - regardless of skill or expertise. Participants leave the event with useful strategies for preventing attacks and protecting data. Participants include:

  • Students and professionals interested in careers in cyber security
  • Businesses who want to teach employees useful security practices
  • Skilled cyber security professionals looking to practice their skills and meet other professionals

Increase knowledge

Participants new to the field will gain first-hand experience in some of the challenges cyber professionals' face, while experts will get to practice their skills. With cyber-attacks becoming more complex, PNNL is empowering individuals to help improve the security of information networks and how to work as a team to recover from different security breaches.

PEU provides real-world examples of cyber threats and provide an interactive environment for testing, evaluating, and prototyping modern and future cyber security problems. PEU has paved the way for teaching and building a cyber workforce equipped with the necessary skills to combat cyber threats as well as making everyone more aware of the cyber threats we face.


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