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Lawrence Tech takes top two spots in cybersecurity competition -- again

Release Date: April 5, 2017


YPSILANTI, Mich. – For the third consecutive year, Lawrence Technological University students took first and second places in a regional cybersecurity scholarship case competition.

First place was worth $4,000 and second place $2,500 in the event, sponsored by the Detroit Chapter of ISACA, formerly known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association. It was the organization’s Fourth Annual Scholarship Case Competition, hosted over the weekend at Eastern Michigan University.

The first place winner was Xu Zou, of China, and the second place winners were a team of Sagar Naik and Venkata Rathna Anirudh Mamidipaka, both of India. All three students are pursuing master’s degrees in information technology at LTU.

A total of 15 LTU students on eight teams participated in the event, which is designed to enrich the experience of students by providing a real-world security scenario to solve. The teams worked on a case study and presented reports to a panel of IT security industry professionals.

Third place at the event and a $1,500 prize went to a team from EMU.

Anne Kohnke, assistant professor of IT at Lawrence Tech, is the ISACA academic advocate for LTU. She mentors and supports students interested in IT and cybersecurity

Lawrence Technological University,, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.


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