AUGUSTA, Ga. (WFXG) - The Georgia Cyber Center welcomed the 2022 South East Regional Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition back to the CSRA. 

This marks the fourth event hosted by Augusta University's School of Computer and Cyber Sciences. Unlike other collegiate cybersecurity competitions, these teams will mimic activities during a real-world penetration testing engagement conducted by professionals.

The CPTC encompasses seven regions from around the world including Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. The winner of each regional competition will advance to the Global CPTC at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York in January 2023.

"We've hosted it in person in 2019. We were a virtual event in 2020 and 2021...It's great to have folks coming back." Says Steven Weldon, Augusta University School of Computer and Cyber Science Director of Cyber Institute.

The teams competing in the Southeast Regional CPTC on Nov. 19-20 at the Georgia Cyber Center include Augusta University, Kennesaw State University, Mercer University, University of Florida, University of Central Florida, University of West Florida, University of South Alabama, Liberty University, the University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas at San Antonio.

Student and team captain, Eliana Lopez says, "We have to see how much data we can discover and uncover...push our way into seeing how much we can get."

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