Computer Science Students Attending RIT Penetration Testing Competition

Posted on 11/5/2015 1:48:40 PM

Six students from the Computer Science Department are going to Rochester Institute of Technology for a penetration testing competition.

Over November 7–8, 2015, a team of computer science students, accompanied by department Chair David Smith, are going to Rochester Institute of Technology in New York to attend the first annual Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition. Run by esteemed RIT faculty member and friend of the IUP Computer Science Department, Professor Bill Stackpole, the College Penetration Testing Competition is an emulation of real penetration testing in industry, where cyber security analysts are hired to attack a computer network and attempt to gain access to the systems, in order to report back to the company that owns the network on what vulnerabilities they have.

The team of students, consisting of Zach Garcia (senior; computer science, information assurance), Wenonah Abadilla (junior; computer science, information assurance), Dan Grim (senior; computer science, applied track), Sam Grieggs (junior; computer science, languages and systems), Justin Fleming (junior; computer science, languages and systems/applied mathematics), and Shane Malachow (sophomore; computer science, languages and systems), is working as a professional team whose goal is to find as many vulnerabilities and exploits as they can as quickly as possible.

With skills ranging from network and computer exploitation to software and script development, they will compete against schools from around the region, including the U.S. Naval Academy, Pennsylvania State University, and Rochester Institute of Technology themselves. They hope to learn a lot and bring back a good result for IUP and our department.

For more information, contact David Smith (