Penn State students learn how to respond to cyber-hacking

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UNIVERSITY PARK, STATE COLLEGE — Today students at Penn State were put to the test on how to respond to a cyber-hacking.
The goal was to help prepare them on how to react when a real hack occurs.

Today tech students and law students worked together, under a tight deadline, to respond to everything that has to be considered after a company is hacked.

Engineering student, Petr Esakov says, “As the deadline was approaching… very tough deadline… we were able to sort it out by then, but it was very stressful in the process.”

Penn State students had 30 minutes to answer a long list of legal and cyber related questions after being shown that they were hacked.

The questions asked students to figure out who the hacker was, what was stolen, and who had a right to be told about the breech in security….something engineering student Petr Esakov struggled with, but found informative.

“I learned how it interacts law, and the ramifications of cyber security and how it deals with insurances, deals with federal organizations and how those deal with the incident responses” says Petr. 

Petr said he was happy for the collaboration with law students as part of a simluation he’s never experienced before.

“There’s absolutely nothing that I’ve seen in the academic environment like this because it combines law and cyber security together in one mesh” says Petr.

At least 9 experts in the field of cyber security acted as mentors and judges for each groups response to the hack.
 

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