Beaver alumnus wins Lockheed Martin Cyber Challenge

David G. Walker, a 2003 graduate of Penn State Beaver’s information sciences and technology baccalaureate degree program, is the winner of the inaugural Lockheed Martin Cyber Challenge. Walker is a senior systems engineer at the company.

More than 160 employees competed in Lockheed Martin’s specialized cyber laboratory for one month. Participants tested their cyber skill sets against a series of difficult challenges designed to mimic real world offensive hacking. In order to win the challenge, participants had to attack six different hosts to gather intelligence or “flags.” Walker was the first to gather and correctly submit all flags.

He is also ranked in the top 25 of the Open Web Application Security Project Hackademic Challenges, which implement realistic scenarios with known vulnerabilities in a safe, controllable environment. Users can attempt to discover and exploit these vulnerabilities in order to learn important concepts of information security through the attacker's perspective.

While attending Beaver campus, Walker was a member of the student group that placed first in Penn State’s inaugural IST Senior Project Competition, which was open to IST students at all Penn State locations, including Penn State University Park. Prior to coming to Beaver campus, he served four years in the U.S. Air Force where he worked as a systems administrator in Delaware.

Walker holds a master’s degree in science, management and information systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. His IST baccalaureate degree from Beaver included an option in design and development, and he also earned a minor in business. For more information, contact Walker at

Last Updated October 23, 2013