We introduce the two key elements of the talent mentoring program of CrySyS Lab, Budapest: (1) we created a community, called the CrySyS Student Core, for students with strong interest in IT security, (2) CrySyS Student Core members gave birth to our CTF team called !SpamAndHex.
One way to get invited to the Core team is to score among the best students at our CrySyS Security Challenge, which is a hacking contest that we organize for our students every year. A common activity in the Core is to prepare for international CTF games. As a result, our CTF team !SpamAndHex, was ranked 56th, 14th, and 5th in 2013, 2014, and 2015, respectively, on ctftime.org, the world-wide ranking of all CTF teams. They achieved 23rd, 2nd, and 1st position on iCTF, an international CTF organized specifically for university teams. They came in 24th on the DEFCON CTF Qualifier in 2014, while they qualified at position 7 and 10 for the DEFCON CTF Finals in Las Vegas in 2015 and 2016, respectively.