Drury University student hacks Springfield for cyber security test

Neenah schools continue to cope with the aftermath of a Jan. 10 ransomware attack.

Testing the city’s protections against malicious hackers, a Drury cybersecurity student attempted last week to break down the city of Springfield’s cyber defenses.

Called a network penetration test, an organization often hires white hat hackers to break into their systems. 

During the test, the student attacked the network in the way a malicious hacker would, looking for vulnerabilities allowing a hacker to compromise assets. The student then wrote a report on the findings the city uses to improve its security.

Conducted by a senior as part of their capstone project, this is the second year for the partnership between Drury and the city.

“Drury’s Cyber Risk Management courses prepare students to work in the field protecting networks and we cover both offensive and defensive cyber security techniques,” said Shannon McMurtrey, assistant professor in cyber risk management.