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Stanford University took home the top trophy in the 2018 National Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC) hosted by RIT

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 4:01pm -- mcfics

The Department of Computing Security and RIT's Center for Cybersecurity hosted the National Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC)—the premier offensive-based competition—on Nov. 2–4, 2018. This allowed students to learn about cybersecurity from a different vantage point—offense, as opposed to defense. Teams from nine national universities faced-off to break into fabricated computer networks, evaluating their weak points and presenting plans to better secure them.

The event was sponsored by several top tech companies, including IBM, Google, Palo Alto Networks and Eaton. The CPTC is one way that higher education is working with industry to combat the national shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals. Stanford University took home the top trophy in the 2018 competition, while Cal-State Fullerton placed second and University of Central Florida placed third. During the course of this year’s CPTC events, Stanford distinguished itself by discovering a 0-day vulnerability.

(News release date: November 5, 2018)