Manassas Uses a Scenario Straight from the Headlines for Discovery Day

The idea for a creative Discovery Day came from headlines from across the country: bank tellers stealing customer’s information and internal employees’ granting access for thievery. There seems to be enough material for a Hollywood movie or a great way for guests of ECPI University and MCI in Manassas, Virginia, to witness the skills learned upon enrollment in one of the university’s programs.

Guests to the campus on April 16 were briefed on the back-ground of the situation in the form of a video and a newspaper article. The scenario played out like this:

Two suspects were taken into custody from a bank headquarters. After entering the building with a valid security code, the suspects allegedly proceeded to the company’s intelligence center where silent alarms were activated. The mail room supervisor at the headquarters reportedly used her access information to get into the building. The second suspect, a male, is currently being treated for a heart attack. After the suspects were detained, he began experiencing chest pain and was taken to the hospital. ADT security systems received the trespassing alert; police were notified immediately. Upon arrival, police officers found the two suspects in the intelligence center. In a panic, the female attempted to flee the building but was brought into custody within moments. The male did not resist arrest. While police are unsure of the exact motive, the two suspects appear to have stolen account and demographic information from 2,000+ bank customers. The bank’s security team and local authorities are currently assessing their security breach.

From that point:

  • Business Administration set the stage for the event. The roles and responsibilities of management within the company were identified, as well as the response of organizational procedures in the event of a crisis situation.
  • Knowing that the suspects left some electronic evidence that can lead to their conviction, the CIS Department gained access to all incriminatory information. They made use of software tools to crack the passwords by deploying dictionary attacks on the password hashes. The potential students set what they believed to be good passwords and examined how the software breaks them.
  • Electronics student removed the bank’s hard drive provided to the police for further investigation and proof  of evidence since records of accessing customers data base were on the hard drive.
  • While the suspects were being detained, one of them started experiencing chest pains. The suspect was taken to the ER where medical assistants took the patient’s vitals and gave the patient an EKG to determine the extent of his condition.

  • The Surgical Technology Department was prepared to accept a patient with the OR set up with personnel, equipment and instrumentation. A “patient” was on the operating table and students participated in a “mock” surgery on this patient.
  • Practical Nursing faculty and students took care of the patient immediately post operation. They managed intravenous fluids, nasogastric tubes, foley catheters, medication administration, total body assessment, pain management and dressing care.
  • Criminal Justice students demonstrated a technically correct apprehension of the suspect from the command to stop, how to safely approach suspect while giving commands, the application of handcuffs, and the reading f the Miranda warnings utilizing field-proven best practices.