Drexel CyberDragons Team Advance to National CPTC Competition


Drexel CyberDragons team at 2018 CPTC Regional Competition
Drexel CyberDragons team members

Drexel CyberDragons, a cybersecurity-focused student organization advised by ECE’s Dr. Steven Weber, took 3rd place in the Regional for The Inter-Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC). The event challenged participants to hack a realistic organization to access sensitive information; the participants then would provide feedback on how to make the organization’s system more secure. The competition took place at Penn State University from October 5-7, 2018. With their placement, the team advances to Nationals at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) over the weekend of November 2, 2018. 

The CyberDragons team that participated at CPTC included D.J. Mulugeta, a fifth-year BS/MS student (BS-Computer Engineering, MS-Cybersecurity), along with team captain Colbert Zhu, Nahid Sarker, Ryan Fiers, Nick DeFilippis, and Ray Ruffini, students in the College of Computing and Informatics. 

Drexel CyberDragons is a student organization that is focused on the latest tools and techniques in the realm of cybersecurity. It consists of about 40 active Members and 10 officers who consistently teach each other the fundamentals while also training to compete in annual collegiate level competitions. The top three competitions this team participates in are CCDC (Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition), NCL (National Cyber League) and CPTC (Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition), while also participating in other minor challenges on an inconsistent basis. The organization meets in the Isaac L. Auerbach Cybersecurity Institute twice weekly and welcomes new members interested in protecting cyberspace.