JKUAT Students Shine at Cyber Security Hackathon (2021)

Winners of the 2021 Cyber Security Hackathon.

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) students showcased their prowess in the Cyber Security Hackathon (2021) beating their peers to scoop three positions in the recently concluded event which saw over 60 students from various universities across the country compete.

John Kiguru, Patronila Wanjiru and James Muriuki all from JKUAT emerged second, third and fourth position respectively as Gilbert Robert of Kenya College of Accountancy (KCA) scooped first position.

The Inter- University event dubbed: Capture the Flag (CTFs) competition held at JKUAT, was hosted on the Cyber ranges platform in conjunction with She-hacks, tested the participants’ skills on digital forensics, android application, reverse engineering and cryptography.

Speaking during the event, Dr. Dennis Kaburu, a Lecturer at the School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT), emphasized the importance for students in technology consistently practicing their art through taking part in competitions and doing short courses to ensure their skills are up to date.

“The world of technology is ever-changing and as students, I urge you to be proactive and ensure you gain skills outside the classroom setting that will set you apart from your peers,” Dr. Kaburu noted.

According to the She-hacks Technical Director, Ms. Stella Magana CTFs are important in bringing out the crucial skills in Information Technology students, urging the participants to continue practicing even after the competition to ensure they sharpen their skills.

The Hackathon participants in a commemorative group photo

“To be good at anything you need to first understand how things work. As IT students, ensure you are conversant with the basic principles to be well grounded,” she stated.   

On his part, Mr. Kiguru who emerged second in the competition, lauded the organizers of the event saying it was a good learning experience which had impacted him with observation skills as well as introducing him to some new cyber-security features like cryptography.

“This event has boosted my knowledge of carrying out some tasks which is a plus as an IT student. I hope more similar events will be organized to give students more exposure and a platform where they can interact with professionals,” he observed.


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