Now categorized as a global pandemic by the WHO, the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19/Coronavirus) has spread at dramatic speeds in Canada and Quebec with multiple cases coming up every day through the province and nation, triggering an exceptional response from governments officially requesting the cancellation of events of more than 250 participants.
Throughout the entire year and even as we speak, the entire NorthSec volunteer team deployed an incredible energy to build an awesome event with phenomenal trainings, awesome speakers and tons of CTF challenges in a new venue configuration that allowed for even more community projects.
In light of recent news about the advancement of the virus, it is therefore with great sadness that we are compelled to take the hard but necessary decision to cancel this year’s edition of the event, at least in its original physical form.
The health and safety of attendees & volunteers is our primary concern. As such, we cannot take the risk to create a hotbed for the propagation of the virus while most companies have enforced travel bans, instituted work-from-home or self-quarantine policies, and other events are being cancelled throughout the country.
In the next weeks we will be issuing refunds for all purchased tickets through our Eventbrite platform, and hope that you will understand that we had to take this difficult decision rapidly in order to try and help minimize the financial impact to everyone.
That being said, we’re looking for the best way possible to still celebrate NorthSec 2020 during its original dates in the form of an online presence, even if we’re conscious that the main distinctive and attractive aspect of NorthSec being an on-site CTF with physical challenges and in-person socialization.
The next weeks are going to be pivotal for us as we try and prepare this online mini-version of the event, but rest assured that we are already working to plan 2021 with an even more awesome edition that builds on what we had planned for 2020 and adds some more on top of it!
We’ll keep everyone updated soon; follow us on Twitter for all the updates as they come.