Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition is an amazing opportunity to experience penetration testing in its entirety, and I highly encourage participating to see if offensive security is a career for you. You need a team to participate in CPTC and this blogpost is meant to be a guide for schools that don’t have one yet, or are trying to revive one for next season. Last year my entire team from Cal Poly Pomona graduated, so I had to start from scratch and ended up building a team that won gold both internationally and in our own region. I want to share my leadership experience with others and hopefully inspire more people to participate in this competition.
The Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition is a one of a kind cybersecurity competition that trains students to be future consultants by letting them loose on a penetration testing engagement in a realistically simulated business environment. Teams of up to 6 students perform a penetration test against the fictitious business and document the findings in a penetration testing report.