Princess Sumaya University for Technology won first and fourth places in the JUST - Capture the Flag (CTF) 2021 competition, which was organized for the third time by the Faculty of Computer and Information Technology at Jordan University of Science and Technology. JUST took second and third places in the competition which was contested by 143 students, divided up into 40 teams, representing 9 Jordanian universities.
PSUT’s first place victory came at the hands of the Sk1Ds team, which was made up of Waleed Barakat, Omar Al-Shuha, Majd Al-Asfar, and Amer Jarrar. Fourth place was taken by the FortKnox team with members Mahmoud Atari, Jude Hannoun, Raad Kloub, and Nour Abdelhadi. Both teams trained under the supervision of Dr. Mohammad Ababneh.
The President of PSUT, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, congratulated the winners and their supervisor, praising an achievement that consolidates the University’s status and excellence. He affirmed PSUT’s keenness, under the directives of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of its Board of Trustees, to support its students to participate in local and international competitions, honing their skills, stimulating competitiveness, and working with team spirit.
The Dean of the King Hussein School of Computing Sciences, Dr. Ashraf Ahmad, explained that the competition is based on identifying a number of penetrations in the areas of information security, and that the winner is the one who finds the largest number of them within 10 hours. Dr. Ahmad added that the School’s programs focus on the practical side, which helps the students to obtain such results.
Ethical hacking is the identification of weaknesses in computer systems or private computer networks, and taking countermeasures that protect them from penetration.