CompuNet Brings Hack-A-Thon to a Portland, OR High School

cisco 2018 award PRPortland, OR- September 27, 2019 –CompuNet, Inc. a leading IT solutions provider, today announced a technical workshop they brought to students at a Beaverton School District high school in Portland, Oregon. CompuNet led a hack-a-thon event with Westview High School students to increase awareness and interest in computer science and cyber security skills.

CompuNet’s Hack-a-Thon event is more commonly known as their Red vs. Blue Event. They have been leading this event for a couple years, where they engage with IT Professionals in cyber-attacks. At the introduction of the workshop they typically ask the question, “Have you ever detected an attack while it was happening? Or have you ever been the attacker?” The Red vs Blue is a workshop where participants experience security attacks from the perspective of an attacker or as a defender in real-time. The “Red Team” will receive a playbook with step-by-step instructions for a series of attacks against the “Blue Team.” The “Blue Team” monitors a live environment looking for anomalous behaviors. Their goal is to identify the breach and make recommendations for remediation. This team is given the opportunity to get hands-on experience using technology for attack detection.

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Our entire Portland team was excited for bring this opportunity to Westview High School. It demonstrates our commitment to our PNW community, while simultaneously having a venue to support diversity in future IT leaders,” said Brad Vasel, Director of Sales for CompuNet WestJeremy Pierson, Global Security Architect for CompuNet, followed up by saying “The kids were fantastic – not only did they bring an energy and eagerness to learn that we don’t always see with adults, they also collaborated with each other and had a thirst to learn more. And at the end of the event, we still had kids wanting to spend more time us and asking more questions!

This event would not have been possible without the support of the Beaverton School District and Terri Thoresen, Vice President of Information Technology at PacTrust.  The District’s team helped with the technical adjustments needed for the workshop, as well as providing the Chromebooks that the students were able to use.  The last two years at Westview High School, Terri Thoresen has facilitated a chapter of Girls Who Code, a national organization whose mission is to close the gender gap by supporting after-school clubs for 3rd-12th grade girls where they can explore coding in a fun & friendly environment.  “The Hack-a-Thon was a great success and thanks to CompuNet for their hard work and time that went into prepping and conducting the event,” said Terri Thoresen.  Every seat was filled with an engaged and enthusiastic student and it was so exciting to watch their curiosity be sparked about security, networking and IT in general. I truly believe this type of event helps create the much-needed next generation of technology professionals.


ABOUT CompuNet, Inc.:
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CompuNet was founded in Grangeville, Idaho and now operates in the Western United States and headquartered in Boise, Idaho. We strive to understand our clients’ business needs, engineer IT solutions that precisely fit those needs, and deploy those solutions on time and on budget.  We architect technology solutions that help companies solve their business problems.

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