CSM IT Team Wins Digital Forensics Competition

The College of Southern Maryland forensics team is presented with the Annual Digital Forensics Competition first place award by Johns Hopkins University Director of Technology Programs John Baker

Johns Hopkins Competition Tested Cyber Skills of Community College Students

            Information technology students at the College of Southern Maryland tested their cyber security skills at the Johns Hopkins University’s Annual Digital Forensics Competition recently and came out on top. Students, coached by CSM Adjunct Faculty Robert Murphy, were challenged with extracting data from a broken compact disk and a broken floppy disk, cracking password protected files and analyzing keylogger files used to record keystrokes. The competition was modeled after the U.S. Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center’s annual forensics competition.

            “Our team came together from being in the same class,” said CSM student David Shelnutt of Waldorf. “It means a lot to me to win an award like this and I intend to use this on my resume. My major is information systems security and my career path will hopefully lead to getting a security related job after I finish my associate’s degree at CSM.” Shelnutt plans to continue working toward a bachelor’s degree.

            For information on CSM’s Information Technology Programs, visit www.csmd.edu or contact CSM Business and Technology Chair Jeff Tjiputra at JeffT@csmd.edu  or 301-934-7556.