NetCentrics’ Program Managers Marvin Marin and Michelle Miranda recently spoke at the 2017 Innovation Hackathon, hosted at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training in Woodbridge, Virginia. This year’s Hackathon was the second, and also marked Marin’s second time speaking at the event.
The goal of the Hackathon is to provide more than 250 college students and more than 70 high school students the opportunity to engage with experts in the cybersecurity and IT field, while also challenging those students with a 36-hour competition centered on cybersecurity and the analysis of secure coding methods. Competition participants as well as the general public also have the opportunity to network and explore career opportunities with local IT and cybersecurity companies at the job fair held as part of the weekend event.
Marin and Miranda co-led a Tech Talk on social engineering, a subtle attack used by cyber criminals to manipulate the inherently trusting and helpful attitude of their targets. Marin and Miranda provided real-world examples as well as recommendations on how to identify social engineering techniques, countermeasures, and methods to mitigate risks.
Marin and Miranda said about the event, “We are very honored to have been able to participate in the NOVA Hackathon. We enjoyed engaging with the attendees during the Q&A; the questions were thoughtful and showed a solid grasp of the concepts presented. While social engineering isn’t necessarily a technical problem, the attendees understood that as future leaders they needed to have an understanding of it as well as a plan to address it.”
To learn more about the Hackathon, visit https://www.nvcc.edu/news/press-releases/2017/woodbridge-hackathon.html.