Frum Lakewood Residents Triumph in Katz School’s Live-Fire Hackathon

Yisroel Pomerantz, a Lakewood resident, and Motty Zisovitch, a Toms River resident, were part of a team of four cybersecurity experts that emerged victorious in the Katz School’s Live-Fire Hackathon. Along with Binyomin Weiner and Jacob Grosh, fellow students in the Men’s Division at Sara Schenirer’s Masters of Cybersecurity program, they beat out four other teams of four from Yeshiva University’s Katz School, showcasing their expertise in cybersecurity and incident response.

The competition, organized and run by cybersecurity firm Cyberbit, simulated an attack on a corporate network, and the participants’ task was to identify and remediate the threat. Each team had access to a variety of next-gen technologies, hyper-realistic immersive simulations, enterprise-grade networks, and advanced security tools. 

Despite tough competition, Sara Schenirer team’s expertise in cybersecurity and incident response shone through. The team’s success is a testament to the quality of Yeshiva University’s cybersecurity programs, which provide hands-on, real-world experience to students. 

“We are incredibly proud of Motty, Yisroel, Binyomin, and Jacob for their remarkable achievement in this high-pressure environment,” said Rabbi Elazar Meisels, Dean of Sara Schenirer. “Their win is a testament to the caliber of our students and the strength of our cybersecurity program.” 

The Katz School’s Live-Fire Hackathon is the first of its kind in New York City and provides a valuable opportunity for students to showcase their cybersecurity skills and gain practical experience in a simulated real-world environment. Cyberbit’s involvement in the competition underscores the importance of collaboration between academia and industry in advancing the field of cybersecurity. 

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