Rochester Institute of Technology placed second in the Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition on Nov. 22-24.
Stanford University took home the top trophy in the 2019 competition, while California State Polytechnic University, Pomona placed third.
At the competition, teams from 10 universities competed to see who was best at breaking into fabricated computer networks, evaluating its weak points and presenting plans to better secure them.
The CPTC has become the offense-based collegiate computing security event, after starting at Rochester Institute of Technology five years ago. CPTC is a counterpart to the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, which is a defense-based event for college students.
During the event, Stanford University discovered two “Zero-day vulnerabilities” and provided patches to fix them.
Judges and sponsors from the security industry evaluated the performance of the competitors while under fire. Students also had the opportunity to meet experts and hand out résumés. Sponsors include IBM Security, Google Cloud, Eaton and FireEye.