OSU Institute of Technology students and Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) members Corbin Allen and Isaiah McCullough took fourth place in the cybersecurity competition at last weekend’s U.S. Information Technology Collegiate Conference in Amarillo, Texas.
The team-based competition had students using their cybersecurity skills to explore two virtual machines— one an attacking machine and another a defending machine— to collect virtual flags as they made their way digitally through the machines with their own computers.
“It was more like capture the flag; that’s the easiest way to describe it,” said Allen. “We had three hours to capture as many flags as we could.”
The two competed against 20 other two-person teams in the cybersecurity competition from schools in the south central region that includes Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and New Mexico.
Four students from OSUIT’s AITP chapter attended the conference, which hosted a number of competitions— everything from PC troubleshooting to network design to mobile app development to security.
The competition didn’t get too fierce though, Allen said.
“It’s a very relaxed environment, there’s not a lot of tension in the air,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for students to network and show the industry what OSUIT has to offer.”
One advantage Allen and McCullough had was this competition wasn’t the first time the two had teamed up before. Both are from Cleveland, Oklahoma and competed in similar cybersecurity competitions in high school.
“We had done a similar competition before. It was fun,” McCullough said.
“There was already a chemistry established on our team. We knew each other’s strengths and weaknesses,” Allen said.
Now the two will start to focus on the national competition in April in Galveston, Texas.
“We’ll be reviewing books and refining techniques,” Allen said. “We want OSUIT to stand out.”