Intro to the CTF Marketplace

Looking to host a CTF? We've got you.

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Written by Ryan Gordon
Updated over a week ago

Whether you are hosting a hacking event for your organization, looking to upskill your team, or give back to your community, Hack The Box is ready to support you and all your CTF needs.

With our CTF Marketplace, getting your own CTF event setup with us has never been easier. You pick the content you want, the size of your event, and the days it will run. We handle the rest. Hacking might be hard, but your life doesn't have to be.

Purchasing CTF Credits

The first step to using the CTF Marketplace is to purchase CTF Credits. These can then be used to setup a CTF Event whenever you please. You can do this either before, or after you've configured your event.

At the moment, purchasing CTF Credits is a manual process. Click on the + button in the upper-right corner of the website, and fill out the contact form. Our sales team will reach out shortly to help guide you through the process.

Choosing a Package

On the CTF Marketplace, you'll have a number of pre-configured Packs to choose from. These are templates for different styles of CTFs that you can choose from. With Packs, you can easily select both the type of content you are looking for, as well as the difficulty.

For example, if you are running an event as part of some initial, entry-level pentesting training, you may want to go for the Hack All Things 101 - Level 0 Pack, suitable for people who aren't very experienced in hacking challenges or are junior.

On the other hand, if you are trying to put together a fun exercise for your grizzled web app pentesting team that eats exploit chains for breakfast, you may opt for the Web Application Security - Level 2 Pack.

Every Pack lists detailed information for you to review. On the Pack's page, you'll find learning outcomes, a description, the target audience, and the specific categories of content included.

Hoping for some custom content? No worries. Our content engineers are first-in-class and second to none. If you've got something special in mind, go ahead and hit the contact button at the bottom of the page, we'll help craft a series of challenges suited to your needs.

Setting Up Your Event

Once you've selected a Pack, you'll be asked to fill in some basic contact information. Once you've done that, you'll have the option to fine-tune some of your event settings.

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On the Event Details page, you'll have the option to configure the following:

  • Event Name

  • Event Dates

  • Timezone

  • Numer of players

  • Maximum team size

  • Event password

These can be changed later, but try to be as accurate as you can when choosing!

Pwnbox Addon

At this stage, you'll also have the choice to include Pwnbox in your event. Pwnbox is our in-browser pentesting workstation. It's a Parrot Security virtual machine that you can access from any laptop/desktop with a web browser.

If you want to make sure that everyone can participate regardless of their device's setup, or you are worried about accessing our targets or downloading tools on your corporate network/devices, then Pwnbox might be a great solution for you!

Purchasing the CTF

Once you've got everything selected, give it a review on the Event Summary page!

This is the final step of the process. Once you've confirmed everything looks right, go ahead and look at the total cost in Credits of the event on the right-hand side, and then press Purchase.

If you've purchased credits in advance, and your account has enough to cover the cost of the CTF, then you are all set! We'll spring into action our side to start getting things ready, and you'll hear from us shortly.

If you don't have enough credits to cover the event cost, you'll be prompted to fill out your contact information once more, and our Sales team will reach out to help you get set up.

Playing a CTF

Once your event is setup, the process for your users becomes the same as any other CTF on our platform! They'll register an account, form teams (if they'd like, and if you've allowed it), and get registered! The registration process can be read about here.

When it's time to play, they may want some help navigating the platform, or to get a better idea of what to expect. We have an article showcasing how to use the CTF Platform from a user perspective, check it out below!

Got Questions?

Throughout the entire process, you'll find a Contact Sales button somewhere on the page. Feel free to click that at any time, and our team will get in touch with you to help answer whatever questions you have.

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