More than ten middle and high school teams competed in Porter-Gaud's annual statewide cybersecurity Capture the Flag (CTF) event on Saturday, February 22. PGCTF20 is the only student-led cybersecurity event in the state.
Student organizers Charles Truluck '20, Pleasant Ballenger '21 and Michael Shipman '21 say the event provides students with a legal (and fun) way to obtain hands-on experience and learn more about cybersecurity. Together, the student team has built more than 20 cybersecurity challenges for competition.
“We feel it’s important to provide learning opportunities to help ensure a strong foundation for the cybersecurity community here in Charleston and the greater community as a whole. That’s why we try to make PGCTF the best it can be every year,” says junior Michael Shipman.
The competition is a series of cyber security Capture the Flag "games" where teams of up to four students will be tasked with solving various security and computer science challenges. Challenges range from intentionally vulnerable websites that must be exploited, to cryptography, trivia, algorithm/programming, and forensics challenges.
“In today’s technical world, students need to get interested and involved in computer science as a whole. And we believe PGCTF is one of the best ways to achieve this," says senior Charles Truluck.
This year's winners included:
- Palmetto Scholars Academy - 1st
- Academic Magnet High School - 2nd
- Wando High School - 3rd
- Porter-Gaud Middle School - 4th