Information Security Talent Search 2021

Hosted by RITSEC

The Information Security Talent Search (ISTS) competition is an annual three-day cyber attack/ defend competition hosted at the Rochester Institute of Technology by RITSEC.

Each year, colleges from around the country compete for the coveted title of ISTS champion. Competitors are faced with a wide variety of challenges which are designed to cover as many facets of computing security, system administration, networking, and programming as we possibly can. These challenges include code review, architecture design, incident response, and policy writing -- all while defending a completely student-built infrastructure.

Past Challenges

Network/System Audit

Evaluate the current state of the environment and prepare a presentation highlighting infrastructure vulnerabilities and appropriate remedies.

Threat Intelligence

Set up a honeypot and report the top fifteen attackers every hour.

System Administration

Your company's aging servers must be replaced. Evaluate three cloud solutions that we can migrate critical services to. Include a 12-month cost analysis.

How are we different?

From day one of competition planning, ISTS is built from the ground up by students. All of the planning, scheduling, building, and outreach is done by members of RITSEC. Additionally, competitor skills are put to the test by adding an external red team of security professionals including industry partners and passionate alumni. The red team performs offensive actions against the competitors during the entire competition. Notable red team members of past ISTS competitions include Raphael Mudge (creator of Cobalt Strike), Chris Gates (carnal0wnage), and Rob Fuller (Mubix).