Raymond James hosts student standouts in Capture the Flag event
October 27, 2018
Raymond James hosted its third Capture the Flag cybersecurity challenge, welcoming teams of students from 12 colleges and one team of experts from the FBI. The event was designed to educate and develop students’ skill sets while also introducing them to Raymond James culture.
The returning winners, University of Central Florida, took home the $10,000 prize. The all-freshman team of Georgia Tech students came in a close second and landed the $5,000 prize. Johns Hopkins University came in third and walked away with a $2,500 prize.
Other schools that participated included:
- University of Florida
- Florida State University
- University of South Florida
- University of Tampa
- St. Petersburg College
- Texas A&M
- University of Memphis
- St. Leo University
- Penn State
The teams worked throughout the day to complete multiple challenges based on real-world threat scenarios facing firms in the financial sector. The event was a collaboration between IT and Campus Recruiting to help generate a pipeline of high caliber information security talent nationwide.
During the event, students are evaluated on core Raymond James behaviors such as teamwork and collaboration. In addition to providing a hands-on educational opportunity, the Capture the Flag challenge helps identify top IT students for our IT Accelerated Development Program (ADP) roles as well as internships.
IT at Raymond James constantly strives to recruit strong talent to protect the firm and our clients’ data from nefarious threat actors and advisories. Raymond James has a very successful program already in place, called the Accelerated Development Program (ADP), targeted at recruiting top undergraduate and graduate talent with leadership potential.
In addition to the challenge for the students, faculty advisors had the ability to learn more about Raymond James’ internship program and ADP. Advisors also attended sessions discussing:
- Joint threat intelligence with Raymond James Cyber Threat Center and FBI
- Overview of our software quality management and infrastructure
- Scalable security solutions with the Automation Center of Excellence
You can see “day-of” action by searching social media with the hashtag #raymondjamesCTF.