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CSU computer science student in excellent company

Mike Woodard

Grady DuncanSophomore Grady Duncan, a Charleston Southern computer science student, accomplished a great feat over the past few months, capturing fourth place in the Social Media Recon Challenge.

It is necessary to note that the three schools that placed above CSU were Boston University, Georgia Tech and Princeton University. Charleston Southern finished in excellent company.

The competition was built around a concept called Social Engineering. The participants had to creatively engineer ways to find people or links to where the flag they had to capture was hidden. Essentially, the participants participated in – hacking.

Duncan praised the help of his professors, saying, “If I did not have the ability to pick the brains of my professors I would have given up a week into the game.” He gave most of the credit to the professors for being so “encouraging and informative.”

When Duncan was asked about how it felt to finish among some of the top schools in the country, he said, “A school is a school, but it is the teachers encouraging the students that shows what the school is made of.”

Duncan and other computer science students will be competing in a similar competition in April named the Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition, which involves handling and managing a chaotic business network.

The Social Media Recon Challenge, sponsored by Georgia Tech, lasted from Thanksgiving until Jan. 31.

 


 

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