PSUT first in the Middle East in the Penetration Testing Competition

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 15:30


 Princess Sumaya University for Technology has won first place in the Middle East regional qualifying round of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) competition in the field of cybersecurity and intrusion detection. The Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC) was held via visual communication technology. With this win, PSUT qualified for the finals to be held in January of next year in New York City.

The winning team, which is supervised by the Dean of King Hussein School of Computing Sciences, Dr. Ashraf Ahmad, and trained by Dr. Muhammad Ababneh, consisted of students Rahaf Hujair, Amer Jarrar, Omar Al-Shoha, Majd Al-Asfar, Yazan Jaber, and Waleed Barakat (team captain).

PSUT’s President, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, congratulated the winning team and their coach and supervisor, expressing the University's pride in every victory that underlines its status and superiority, at the local, regional and international levels, and proves the merit of its educational and training programs.

Al-Refai added that the University, under the directives of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of its Board of Trustees, has always given its students every support to help hone their academic and practical skills, and train them to work as part of a team.

Dr. Ahmad said that the essence of the competition is consistent with the undergraduate cybersecurity program offered by the University, and seeks to provide students with the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to analyze and solve problems, and enhance their ability to innovate and adhere to professional, legal and ethical frameworks.

The School has developed a training program in this field, in cooperation with the American University of Arizona - Tucson, to be the first in Jordan and the region. The student obtains a joint certificate from the two universities, according to three different levels: the first certificate covers cybersecurity at the level of computer networks in the first three months, while the second level covers computer security in the second three months, and the third level covers the security of cellular devices and cloud computing.

The competition, in which a PSUT team won second place last year, is a global competition in the field of cybersecurity, in which the most prestigious international universities participate with the support of international companies such as IBM and Amazon. The competing teams examine the networks of certain institutions, and try to uncover vulnerabilities in their security and potential breaches, and submit a report to be evaluated by professional arbitrators.