DSU students compete at security conference

Dakota State students competed in the AppSec USA conference sponsored by the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP).  The competition took place over two days in Minneapolis, MN with teams competing in the offensive and defensive side of web security in the U Challenge.

The offensive side of the competition had a variety of tasks ranging from forensics to buffer overflows. For the defensive side, teams had to defend two web applications that were vulnerable to attacks such as XSS (cross-site scripting), SQL Injections, User Hijacking and others. The competition utilized the site www.hacking-lab.com to maintain tasks and scoring.

DSU took second place overall and placed first in offensive. St. Cloud State University was the overall winner of the competition by only twenty points. Participants on the DSU team were undergraduate students: Adam Klindsworth, Kevin Haubris, Jack Stromberg, Miguel Farfan, Devon Greene, Frank Wiebenga, Brand Gartamaker and graduate student, Aaron Fields.

The conference also hosted many vendors in the security industry from across the nation. There were also various speakers talking on variety of topics ranging from .net applications to the OWASP top ten vulnerabilities.

For more information on OWASP or the AppSec USA conference, please visit www.appsecusa.org

Last Updated: 1/10/12