RIT’s Penetration Testing Comp: Empowering cyber warriors in action

January 18, 2024
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Fifteen student cybersecurity teams from around the world competed at RIT’s Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC) global finals. Princess Sumaya University for Technology in Jordan came out on top, followed by Stanford University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The competition allows students to put their hacking skills to the test by breaking into computer networks and presenting plans to improve security. This year’s scenario involved pentesting a mock airport with a focus on people movers and monorails.

A team of students from Princess Sumaya University for Technology in Jordan claimed victory at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC) global finals. The event is an annual cybersecurity competition for college students and is the largest offense-based competition of its kind. Stanford University came in second place, followed by the University of Massachusetts Amherst in third. The competition aims to help students develop the skills necessary for a career in cybersecurity, which faces a shortage of qualified professionals. This year, the teams had to pentest a simulated airport, with a special focus on people movers and monorails. The competition’s theme sponsor, French mobility technology company Alstom, helped model and develop the scenario. Students had to navigate through various systems within the airport, including tram operations, flight trackers, and baggage check-in and boarding pass vulnerabilities.

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