The event hosted students from 10 universities who competed in an all-day Capture the Flag cybersecurity challenge. Teams of students from each school worked throughout the day to complete multiple challenges based on real-world threat scenarios facing firms in the financial sector. The scenarios were developed independently by Gam3z Inc. (pronounced “games”), a leading vendor for such competitions.
The event was a collaboration between IT and Campus Recruiting to help generate a pipeline of high caliber information security talent nationwide. The competition brought in IT students from seven schools across Florida: UF, FSU, UCF, USF, UTampa, Saint Leo, St. Pete College and three out-of-state teams from: Texas A&M, Alabama, and Penn State. In line with the firm’s strategic efforts to recruit high caliber talent, this event helped to identify top IT students with potential to fill information security full time & ADP roles as well as internships here at Raymond James.
Students and faculty advisors heard from Raymond James leaders Kishen Sridharan, Vin Campagnoli, Nate Tuting, Todd Ferguson, and Salit Nagy-Todd. A number of IT and HR associates were also on site to help facilitate the event.
The 10 collegiate teams were comprised of 4 to 5 talented students who were recommended by their faculty advisor. Following the competition, the students were exposed to senior leadership and had an opportunity to network with current Raymond James IT leadership and associates.
Of the 10 teams that competed, team Knightsec from University of Central Florida “Captured the Flag” and won the event, taking home a $10,000 grand prize to split between the team members.
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:
You can see “day-of” action by searching social media with the hashtag #raymondjamesCTF.