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PNNL hosted a cybersecurity capture the flag (CTF) event in the Tri-Cities on September 16th and 17th, named Pink Elephant Unicorn (PEU) x3.0. The event introduced cybersecurity topics to both beginners and experienced students. After attending workshops on a variety of techniques and getting some hands on experience, students were split up into groups and given technical challenges to solve. “The competition was friendly and really helped reinforce some of the concepts the students had just learned,” said Adam Hahn, professor at EECS. “This was really an event to get students from all over interested in cyber security in a fun way.” He went on to say: “Everyone should have some exposure to the basic concepts of cyber security in order to protect themselves and future employers. You don’t need to be an expert in a lot of technologies in order to benefit from understanding basic cyber security concepts. Students are often too intimidated to get involved in this area, especially if they’re new to computer science, and this was a good event to dispel this fear and really get them interested.”

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