Augusta University students participate in cyber security competition

Ten schools across the Southeast region gathered at the Georgia Cyber Center
Published: Nov. 21, 2022 at 1:10 AM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A new kind of career is bringing in a new generation of workers, here in Augusta and around the United States.

Augusta University’s School of Computer and Cyber Sciences participated in a competition with 10 other colleges across the Southeast. Their goal was to show off their skills in cyber security.

“We kind of pretended to be hackers and break into the system and see what needed to be improved,” said AU cyber security student Gavin McKean.

It’s a competition unlike anything else and challenges even the most experienced students.

“It emphasizes being immersed and really role playing as a company,” said AU cyber security student Eliana Lopez.

It also gets students ready for the real world.

“As a pen testing team versus being a student, I think that heavier roleplay forces you to think like a professional and forces you to act differently than a normal college student,” said Lopez.

In a field that is rapidly growing, especially in Augusta, this is just another tool in the toolbox for success.

“They’re going to move forward as penetration testers in their career, once they graduate,” said AU Director of Cyber Security Institute. “They will have an appreciation for what this part of cybersecurity is even if they decide to go in a different direction.”

According to FY22, 161 degrees in computer and cyber sciences were handed out, more than double the 79 back in 2017.

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