College students from Maine to California traveled to Rochester Institute of Technology Nov. 4–6 to test their hacking skills in the annual Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition.
The competition allows students to learn about cybersecurity from a different vantage point—offense, as opposed to defense. Teams from 10 national universities faced-off at RIT as they broke into computer networks, evaluated their weak points and presented plans to better secure them.
University of Central Florida took home the top trophy in the competition, while University at Buffalo placed second and RIT placed third. The top teams were noted for their exemplary positive professional attitudes, excellence in organization and both written and verbal communication skills.
The competition allows students to experience a day in the life of a penetration tester—the security professionals hired to test and evaluate an organization’s computer systems and networks to make sure malicious hackers can’t get in.