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National Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition Winners

This past weekend, RIT hosted the first ever National Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition, welcoming 10 teams from across the country who were invited after competing in one of the 3 different Regional CPTC events. The competition provides a vehicle for up and coming cybersecurity student teams to build and hone the skills required to effectively discover, triage, and mitigate critical security vulnerabilities. This competition is unique in offering a simulated environment that mimics real-world networks. The competition focuses on improving the security posture of a fictitious organization and reporting on risks in a manner that is similar to a real professional environment.

"This year’s event was based on a compute services company that represented a faux elections provider. We try each year to present to the competitors an environment that has relevance to current events and for which we come up with an intriguing and interesting experience. Some of the skills of the top teams included their ability to verbalize, document in written format, and present their findings clearly to an audience with a variety of technical understanding. One needs to be able to speak tech to the techies and to provide plain language information to those with less technical expertise." - Bill Stackpole

Congratulations to the winners!

1st - Stanford University

2nd - University of Central Florida

3rd - University at Buffalo 

Go here for more information about CPTC, here for the RIT University News featured article, and here for an article by Cris Thomas (aka Space Rogue), Global Strategy Lead, IBM X-Force Red.