HPU Students Advanced in National Cybersecurity Competition

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High Point University students participated in the 2019 Governor’s Cybersecurity Talent Competition over the summer.


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Dr. William Suchan, chair and associate professor of computer science, teaches a class in Couch Hall where HPU’s Webb School of Engineering is located.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 15, 2019 – High Point University computer science students in the Webb School of Engineering who competed in the 2019 Governor’s Cybersecurity Talent Competition over the summer gained perfect scores, cybersecurity skills and scholarship money.

Ty Carlson, a senior computer science and physics double major in HPU’s Webb School of Engineering, received a perfect score in the first round of the Cyber FastTrack online cybersecurity program titled, “CyberStart Assess.”

Ethan Shealey, a sophomore computer science major in HPU’s Webb School of Engineering, was one of 24 out of about 2,300 participating students across the nation to receive a perfect score in the second round titled, “CyberStart Game.” He won $500 in scholarship money for achieving a perfect score.

“We have the best professors and students here at HPU,” says Shealey. “Ty was the one who encouraged me to participate. This gave me the advantage to get ahead of lessons I will be taught in my new engineering classes.”

Cyber FastTrack is a free online cybersecurity program for college students and graduates. Through online challenges, quizzes, exams and tutorials, students learn disciplines that include forensics, intrusion detection, security operations, system and network penetration testing, and application penetration testing.

“We are very proud of Ty and Ethan for their achievements in this competition,” said Dr. Will Suchan, chair and associate professor of computer science in HPU’s Webb School of Engineering. “Cybercrime is a scourge on modern society that demands ethical and intelligent people to fight back. HPU understands this and is investing in faculty and labs to produce a highly-educated cyber workforce for the future of our state and nation.”

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