CYBER DEFENSE CLUB WINS REGIONAL COMPETITION

Author: 
Richard Petrie

On Oct. 2 the Kansas State University Cyber Defense Club (KSUCDC) placed 1st in the CANSec Invitational Cyber Defense Competition for the second year in a row. This year's regional competition was hosted at Fontbonne University in Clayton, Missouri, and was designed to simulate security challenges one might face in a law firm.

During the competition, the eight-member K-State team was given three Linux virtual machines and asked to build a fourth Windows server. The provided machines had several vulnerabilities caused by misconfigured and outdated services. Additionally, throughout the competition, the team was given anomalies — unexpected challenges that had to be solved within a certain time limit.
A team of industry professionals, known as the red team, which included network security analysts and penetration testers, then attacked the team's network and attempted to exploit the vulnerable services. While the red team successfully exploited every team's network, KSUCDC was the quickest to isolate the incident and patch affected systems, which prevented further red team activity. KSUCDC also received high marks for availability, usability and anomalies.

Eugene Vasserman, computer science professor, is faculty adviser.

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Matt Webb, Jordan Mryyan, Joy Hauser,
Chandan Chowdhury, Caleb Fleming, Robert McDevitt, Susan 'Betsy' Burke and Richard Petrie - Captain

Richard Petrie is a senior and the current President of the K-State Cyber Defense Club (KSUCDC). He has also been involved with the ACM, ACM-W and E-Sports during his time as a computer science major. Richard was a key member of the KSUCDC teams that won the Central Area Networking and Security Workshop (CANSec) Cyber Defense Competitions in both 2015 and 2016. He will graduate with an Information Systems degree in December 2016 and will be continuing his education in the Masters of Business Administration at K-State. Richard is a Knight of St. Patrick awardee and a recipient of the prestigious CyberCorps: Scholarship For Service Scholarship, which has provided Richard to numerous opportunities such as attending a bi-annual career fair with government entities from around the country. This past summer Richard was an intern at the Federal Reserve of San Francisco as a part of the National Incident Response Team (NIRT) where he performed research to understand the external attack surface of the Federal Reserve System. His goal after graduation is to work in the federal government and apply his skills in securing critical infrastructure.