NEW YORK, Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A team of students from The Pennsylvania State University presented the best analysis and incident response approach to a simulated cyberattack in order to claim victory at the third annual Deloitte Foundation Cyber Threat Competition. George Beatty, Kevin Houk, Michael Lubas, and Michael Morelli, the school's team members, each received $2,000 in scholarship money. The teams from University of Southern California and Rensselaer Polytechnic University placed second and third, respectively.
The Deloitte Foundation Cyber Threat Competition is designed and facilitated by Deloitte Advisory cyber risk services in order to help college students develop the skills needed to address increasingly sophisticated cyber risks in the marketplace. "Organizations are facing significant challenges keeping pace with the rapidly evolving threat landscape and securing the talent needed to properly resource cybersecurity functions," said Anthony Russo, principal with Deloitte Advisory, cyber risk services practice, Deloitte & Touche LLP. "Beyond security table-stakes, today's cybersecurity professional needs to understand both the technology risks and the business risks organizations face from cyberattacks in order to effectively protect the most vital business assets from insider and outsider threats." This year's competition also featured a separate session for educators from the attending schools in Deloitte's Greenhouse™ Lab. The labs are cutting-edge physical spaces located around the world designed to help participants tackle their complex problems. They apply a tested set of principles that combine behavioral science, analytics, technology, and facilitation to break through traditional methods of problem-solving. In the Greenhouse™ Lab, educators participated in a full-day of dynamic engagement and collaborative brainstorming exercises designed to equip educators with the tools they need to prepare the talent of tomorrow to meet the cyber-related needs of employers.