Introducing Student Security Training Program

This article is for information security and network security teachers, students who want to become security professionals or system administrators, and university representatives whose university offers information security or network security courses.

Cyber security has become a global affair, reaching nations in every corner of the world. As a result, the entire world must make preparations at the earliest stage possible. 

According to the 2013 (ICS)2 Global Information Security Workforce Study by Frost & Sullivan, there will be 4 million security professionals by the end of 2015, and 4.9 million by the end of 2017. So, what does this mean? Well, it means that significant improvements must be made in the training arena to effectively prepare the next generation of security professionals. 

To support the growing demand for improved InfoSec training and preparation, CS faculties are positioning themselves on the frontline. This frontline approach is demonstrated through university-hosted and government-hosted CTF (capture the flag) competitions, as shown in the following examples:

CSAW 2014



The Honeynet Project

To support early training for the InfoSec industry, CTF365 offers a free account that gives users unrestricted access to vulnerable-by-design servers and web applications. Free account users can currently train on Metasploitable and bWAPP but, in the future, CTF365 plans to implement additional virtual machines and expand its cloud-based vulnerable-by-design lineup.

As free account users grow their skills, they can transition to a CTF365 paid account. Paid account users are given access to the CTF365 main arena, which currently hosts more than 80 fortresses (servers) and 200 web applications. Unlike other penetration testing labs, the fortresses found in the CTF365 main arena are created, maintained, and defended by other users. This creates a unique opportunity for users to practice both offensive and defensive security strategies without the downsides that are associated with intentionally vulnerable designs. 

At CTF365, we understand the economic hardships that go along with being a college student. We also understand that eating Top Ramen for an entire semester can take a toll on you. That’s why we created the Student CTF365 plans, low cost security training programs for students. Students can choose from the following three tiers:  

Student Access $15:

  • Access to the CTF365 main arena

Collegiate Access-Blog

Student Plus+ $22:

  • Access to the CTF365 main arena
  • Access to the Hacker’s Dome CTF weekend competitions


Student Pro $29 (coming soon):

  • Access to the CTF365 main arena
  • Access to the Hacker’s Dome CTF weekend competitions
  • 1 fortress (virtual server in the main arena)
  • 5 custom CTF365 domains (.ctf and .365)


Who qualifies for the Student CTF365 Plans?

To confirm student status, users must use an email address with a .edu domain during registration. Additionally, users must answer to our confirmation email to confirm and activate their account.



If you’re a student who would like to benefit from our Student Security Training Program but your university doesn’t own a .EDU domain, please send an email to and include the following details: 

Subject: “Student Security Training Program – New University Domain”

Body: Your full name, the name of your school, and the domain name to be added for our Student Security Training Program.

Why join?

As Joseph Greenwood stated during his 2014 BSides London presentation:

“Hands-on learning is epic”


CTF365 it’s a top notch Security Training Platform with a focus on Security Professionals, System Administrators and Web Developers that offers five stars services regarding training, learning and improving offensive and defensive web security 

Any questions? Glad to answer.

Marius Corici

Lazy (energy efficient) entrepreneur: Thinking a lot to do less, preserving energy, providing simplicity.

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4 Responses

  1. Sam says:

    When is the Pro version coming?

  2. Marc says:

    please help, student version is greyed out, i cannot buy student package

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