USF CSE Whitehatters Computer Security Club won second place at the Raymond James Capture the Flag Competition
November 6, 2019
The USF Computer Science and Engineering Whitehatters Computer Security Club (WCSC) won second place at the Raymond James Capture the Flag Competition on October 19th, beating our rivals at UFC by 382 points, and trailing first place winner Purdue University by less than 100 points (Purdue 1483 points, USF 1385 points, UCF 1003 points).
The WCSC team was awarded a $2,500 prize to share among the team’s members, including Julie Gonzalez, Christopher Greenland, Truvis Thornton, Kevin Orr and Kevin Dennis
This was the fourth Capture the Flag challenge hosted by Raymond James. This all-day competition featured numerous cybersecurity challenges such as extracting hidden malware information from a cellphone, decrypting passwords, and hacking into servers. The event took place at the Raymond James Financial Center in St. Petersburg, Florida.
In addition to enhancing the student’s skills in combatting cyber threats, the event also gave students a chance to learn about the internship and employment opportunities available at Raymond James.
The WCSC, advised by CSE Instructor Jason Lewis, raises awareness regarding current issues within the field of cybersecurity among its membership and the community. The WCSC is currently preparing to compete at the Department of Energy’s nation-wide CyberForce Competition, which is a blue-team based competition hosted by ten DOE national labs, with the WCSC competing at Sandia National Lab in Albuquerque, NM.