Jason Jabbour, a fourth-year systems engineering major in the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science, has won the first Deloitte Commonwealth Cyber Initiative Cyber Camp.

The competition took place virtually over three weekends from July 31 to Aug. 14. According to the camp’s website, 54 students from Virginia colleges and universities worked on a total of 42 challenges in the areas of cyber analytics, network traffic analysis, reverse engineering and cryptography. They also participated in resume-building workshops and mock interviews.

Jabbour and his fellow participants were invited to the cyber camp as finalists after a qualifying event that whittled the field down from 148 competitors.

After his first-place finish, Jabbour wrote to Angela Orebaugh, assistant professor of computer science at UVA Engineering, from whom he learned about the camp in Orebaugh’s Introduction to Cybersecurity class in spring 2021.

“I could not have done this without all your preparation throughout the course,” Jabbour wrote. “Thank you for all the time you invested in your course and students like me.”

Read more about the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative Cyber Camp and this year’s winners here.