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Syntel Sponsors "Capture The Flag" Ethical Hacking Contest

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Syntel Sponsors "Capture The Flag" Ethical Hacking Contest22:00 EDT Thursday, July 26, 2012TROY, Mich., July 27, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Syntel, Inc. (Nasdaq:SYNT), a leading global provider of integrated information technology and Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) services, today announced it will sponsor a web-based capture-the-flag (CTF) style ethical hacking contest at the c0c0n 2012 information security conference. Conducted by the Information Security Research Association (ISRA), the c0c0n 2012 conference will be held in Trivandrum, India at the Hotel Vivanta on August 3–4, 2012. It brings together students, business leaders and law enforcement officials to discuss the latest cyber security issues and best practices. The CTF contest will consist of ten levels which will test the technical capabilities of the contestants. The contest, which will be designed and administered by ISRA, will include a variety of challenges, from web attacks and cryptography to log analysis and reverse engineering. The contest will take place during the c0c0n conference and will be accessible online, allowing players outside the conference to participate. According to Sandeep Godbole, Syntel's Senior Manager of Information Security, the hacking contest is designed to simulate the dynamism of a real-world security environment. "The CTF contest is a great opportunity for budding security professionals to test their skills and will help create a more secure information security environment," said Godbole. Mr. Godbole will also give a presentation at the conference, entitled "The Weakest Link – Reinforcing the Human Element," in which he will discuss the significance, benefits and methods of strengthening the human element in an information security regime. "We are extremely grateful to Syntel for their support and commitment to c0c0n 2012 and International Information Security Day, and we look forward to continuing to work together in the future," said Manu Zacharia, President of ISRA.About c0c0n 2012 c0c0n, previously known as Cyber Safe, is an annual event conducted as part of the International Information Security Day. Various technical, non-technical, legal and community events are organized as part of the program. The number of digital security incidents and cyber-crimes are increasing daily on a proportionate rate. c0c0n is aimed at providing a platform to discuss, showcase, educate, understand and spread awareness on the latest trends in information, cyber and hi-tech crimes. It will also serve as a platform to devise strategies to prevent cyber crimes against women. To learn more, visit http://is-ra.org/c0c0n/index.htmlAbout Syntel Syntel (Nasdaq:SYNT) is a leading global provider of integrated information technology and Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) solutions spanning the entire lifecycle of business and information systems and processes. The Company is driven by its mission to create new opportunities for clients by harnessing the passion, talent and innovation of Syntel employees worldwide. Syntel leverages dedicated Centers of Excellence, a flexible Global Delivery Model, and a strong track record of building collaborative client partnerships to create sustainable business advantage for Global 2000 organizations. Syntel is assessed at SEI CMMi Level 5, and is ISO 27001 and ISO 9001:2008 certified. As of June 30, 2012, Syntel employed more than 20,000 people worldwide. To learn more, visit us at: www.syntelinc.com.CONTACT: North America/Europe: Jon Luebke, Syntel 248/619-3503 jon_luebke@syntelinc.com Asia/Pacific: Sikta Samantaray, Syntel +91 9167512186 Sikta_samantaray@syntelinc.com