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Augusta University CPTC 2019 team members. CPTC 2020 was held virtually this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Augusta University hosts inaugural Southeast Regional Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition

The School of Computer and Cyber Sciences at Augusta University hosted the inaugural Southeast Regional Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC) at the Georgia Cyber Center on Oct. 12-13.

While the CPTC has been going on since 2015, this year marks the first time a southeast university has hosted a division of this national competition. The School of Computer and Cyber Sciences was honored to be the first host for the southeast region.

Augusta University joins the company of other schools that hosted regional competitions across the country this year:

  • University of New Haven (North Region)
  • Penn State University (Northeast Region)
  • Tennessee Technical University (Central Region)
  • Stanford University (West Region)

“This competition is all centered around cybersecurity,” said Steven Weldon, an instructor of computer science at Augusta University’s School of Computer and Cyber Sciences. “In this competition, a scenario is built around a fictitious organization and the competing teams are looking to identify and report on vulnerabilities that are really similar to what they would see in a real-world environment.”

Competition winners:
  • First place: University of Central Florida
  • Second place: University of Florida
  • Third place: Kennesaw State University

Local teams from Augusta University and Augusta Technical College participated in this year’s contest as well. The University of Central Florida will advance to the national competition next month.

Congratulations to all of this year’s participants!

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