Princess Sumaya University for Technology won 1st, 3rd, 5th and 6th places in the MetaCTF Cybersecurity Competition. The competition was organized by PSUT’s King Hussein School of Computing Sciences, and students from that School and the King Abdullah II School of Engineering participated, bringing the total number of entrants to 82 students who made up 24 teams from all of Jordan’s universities.
The President of PSUT, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, congratulated the winning teams and their supervisors on this achievement. He praised the efforts of the students and their supervisors, and their tireless hard work to participate in national and international competitions that bolster their careers and hone their academic and practical skills. These events also provide them with opportunities to demonstrate their excellence, promote a spirit of cooperation and participation, and stimulate honorable competition between colleagues. This win reflects the directives of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, and the continuous support she extends to the University and its students in their quest to achieve leadership and excellence at the local and international levels.
The Dean of the King Hussein School for Computing Sciences, Dr. Ashraf Al-Qaddoumi, who supervised the participating PSUT teams, said that the competition comprises of two stages. 20 PSUT teams qualified in the first round, while 4 teams went through from the second stage, in addition to teams from the other universities. Dr. Al-Qaddoumi explained that the competition lasts for 10 consecutive hours and the contestants are initially faced with 20 questions. Every two hours, another six questions are added, until the students are finally dealing with 40 questions, centered on website hacking, decryption, online criminal search, and knowledge of data preservation.
Walid Barakat, a PSUT student and competition organizer, said that the event was organized by the Cybersecurity Club and held for the first time at the University. This was also the first time that this competition has been held at Jordanian university level. The aim is to raise the level of awareness of network security, since the competition helps to familiarize students with the concept of network security and offers them new information in this field.
The winning teams, who all trained under the supervision of Dr. Ashraf Qaddoumi, were made up as follows:
1st place: Osama Abu Ghosh, Abdul Aziz Hamdan, Mohammed Abu Abboud, and Mohammed Wahib.
3rd place: Hamza Abu Ammar, Rahaf Hujair, Amer Jarrar and Omar Shoha.
5th place: Abdullah al-Qaisi, Saleh Jassim, Mohammed Abu al-Shukr, and Amin Herbawi.
6th place: Maher Al-Hassan, Hamza Zein, Ibrahim Sarkhi, Helen Marashlyan.
Notably, at the start of the 2011/2012 academic year, the University launched a two-year Master's degree program in Information Systems Security and Digital Criminology in order to meet the growing national, regional, and international demand for this specialization. The program aims to equip students with the scientific, theoretical and technical capabilities and skills to deal with the risks faced by institutions and companies concerning the confidentiality and security of their information systems, as well as data crimes that are punishable by law.