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What hardware and software do I need to participate in Cyber FastTrack?

We have worked hard to ensure that CyberStart is available to as many people as possible, including different types of devices.
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Written by Eva
Updated on October 25, 2021

CyberStart starts with puzzle solving and browser based challenges, but quickly pivots to provide access to real challenges, real security tools and environments. That means you need the right hardware and software, but sometimes access to equipment or security policies get in the way. Worry not, we have solutions for both of these scenarios! Some students prefer to use their own devices which they are familiar with, where others need a way around it. We have covered both ways to play below!

Use my own hardware

  • Computer with VMware or Virtual Box (you can find instructions online which is great practice for students)
  • A reliable internet connection
  • Chrome or Firefox browser, updated for security and experience
  • Unrestricted access to browser developer tools/settings e.g. View Source or Inspect Element or scripting abilities

VMware or Virtual Box is needed in order to run the CyberStart Virtual Machine in the game. Early levels of CyberStart do not require the virtual machine but you will need this to play beyond Level 5, and to try the forensics challenges. Using your own virtual machine and customizing the environment is great practice.

Note: Many school/college computers have restrictions that limit access to the browser tools functions. Check with your school's IT department to see if these blocks can be temporarily lifted if you’re going to do this at college, or plan to use unrestricted equipment, like home computers or computers at public libraries, for the more advanced challenges.

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