Hacking, Case Studies, Pizza and Mate - a Recap of the usd Student Events

12. December 2023

Our student events in the fall were a perfect opportunity to get an insight into the daily work of our colleagues, to ask questions and to get active.

The first event was the usd Hackertage at our three locations in Munich, Cologne and Neu-Isenburg. There, participants had access to the PentestLab of the usd HeroLab, our own training lab, for an afternoon. They were able to practice their skills on various machines with different levels of difficulty under professional guidance and learn more about the daily routine of a pentest professional over pizza and mate.

Dominique Dittert, Security Analyst at usd HeroLab, led the hacker day in Neu-Isenburg and sums up: "As a pentester, I know how helpful it is at the beginning when someone is looking over your shoulder and has a hint or two read. I'm happy that I was able to support young pentesters on their career path and give them insights into our day-to-day work."

The usd Consulting Day in Neu-Isenburg was slightly less technical, but no less practical. The participants learned about the tasks and challenges involved in the job of a security consultant and what a typical working week looks like.

 "The Consulting Day is always a great opportunity to exchange ideas in a relaxed atmosphere. The many questions that were asked show how important it is to provide students with this opportunity," says Maximilian Müller, Managing Security Consultant at usd AG.

"I was particularly pleased with the commitment the participants showed in the case studies on network security. I know from my own experience how important it is to gain practical insights during your studies," adds Hendrik Diedrich, Consultant Security Audits and PCI.

Further insights from everyday life as a consultant were shared over pizza and beer at the end of the evening.

The final event was our traditional usd Hacking Night. At the Capture the Flag (CTF) event, young talents compete in the hacking challenge in the usd PentestLab. In teams, the participants competed against each other for first place over pizza and mate on site at the Academy and at home.

"Once again, we provided 6 machines of different levels of difficulty and with weak points for the participants to test their knowledge. Congratulations once again to the winners," concludes David Alt, Security Analyst at usd HeroLab.

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