Members of BUCSS competed in the National Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition, which aims to train the next generation of security professionals. The competition was held online and took place from 7am to midnight. That’s right! Over 17 hours of non-stop hacking and reporting.

This year’s competition theme is industrial control systems for power and water. The organisers created an entire fictional energy company, along with a working dam for people to hack into. Teams had to perform a real-world penetest and engage with the company’s IT director throughout.

Unfortunately due to competition rules, we can’t share any more information about the environment but it was incredibly realistic and an amazing learning experience!

Bournemouth University’s team was the smallest that CPTC have seen yet; consisting of just three competitors (Raj, Alice, and Taylor). Despite this, the team won the European regionals and will go on to represent BU at the finals in 2021.

Unfortunately due to COVID we can’t attend in person in New York, but it’s bound to be an interesting January!

You can find out more information about the National CPTC programme on their website: