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Gannon To Welcome Students To Hackathon Cybersecurity Competition

Gannon University Hackathon

Gannon University Hackathon

Gannon University will be welcoming students from across the nation to participate in the on-campus portion of its Hackathon Cybersecurity Competition at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Center for Advanced Engineering, 130 W. Eighth St. 

Gannon first welcomed students to participate in one of two virtual Hackathon competitions that were completed online in November. Students applied their web-based hacking skills to build a website and navigate a series of challenges, including gaining access to administrative passwords, ordering items without proper payment, and manipulating stock and payroll information. 

The online portion served as a gateway for the top students completing the virtual events to be invited to the on-campus Hackathon to compete for the top prize of one full-tuition scholarship. All seniors who were invited to the on-campus Hackathon and who will choose to participate in the competition will have their Admissions Merit Award increased by $1,500.   

During lunch, students and guests will also have the opportunity to hear from keynote speaker David Peck, owner and CEO of David J. Peck and Associates Inc., a firm specializing in cybersecurity, response and investigative services.  

Scores will be gathered and assessed following the competition and the winner will be announced the following week.  

Gannon faculty and students capitalized on existing university resources and expertise to build the software that has enabled the Hackathon, said Walter Iwanenko, Ph.D., vice president of Academic Affairs.  

“The Hackathon we have developed focuses on teaching the importance of safe and secure website design. This innovative event is designed to boost cybersecurity education and awareness within communities while allowing students to engage with Gannon’s two newly launched programs, cybersecurity and cyber engineering,” Iwanenko said.  

About the Speaker: 

David Peck, CISSP, CIEH, EnCE, is a seasoned information security systems professional with more than 25 years of experience in cyber security, digital forensics and IT investigative services. Peck began his career serving as an intelligence analyst and electronic warfare technician in the United States Navy. He retired from the Pennsylvania State Police as a trooper and certified forensic examiner. He was also a deputy United States marshal. While with the PSP, Peck served as a computer crime investigator and a wiretap and surveillance specialist, often working on undercover assignments.

Upon retirement from the PSP, Peck served as a senior security consultant for Dell and a number of major corporations. He has also served as an information assurance and forensic engineer with the Central Intelligence Agency.  

He is a licensed private investigator in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and holds a wide variety of IT and security certifications. 

David J. Peck & Associates, Inc. is a veteran-owned business, serving global clients from its headquarters in Erie, Pa. 
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