Talented minds from local high schools, colleges and Arizona State University gathered on ASU’s West campus on February 25, 2017 for the Fourth Annual Cybersecurity Challenge. Sponsored by Terra Verde and Charles Schwab, the event offered participants the opportunity to solve challenging, real-world problems that face today’s cyber professionals, digital forensic scientists, and network/security/system engineers.

After hearing from a career panel, participants were engaged in a 4-hour challenge to identify and patch vulnerabilities, as well as analyze behaviors and damage from potential viruses. Teams were awarded points, as each level was successfully reached. The top winning teams receiving prizes were:

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“Putin on the Ritz” (2300 pts.): Robert Logan, Ryan Hermens, and Devon Bautista

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“pwndevils” (2300 pts.): Tejas Khairnar, Emanuel Boderash, and Will Gibbs

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“ROPchain” (1900 pts.): Paul Wagenseller, Ricky Mooroian, and Alaura Symons

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“SyntaxError” (1800 pts.): Andrew Stanton and Jackie Fazekas

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“Door Handlers” (1650 pts.): Rudolph Ponce, Brandon O’Rahilly, and Benjamin Hatch

Mark your calendar for next year’s event, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, January 27, 2018.

With the demand for cybersecurity growing rapidly, ASU’s Cybersecurity Education Consortium was established. More information can be found here.