2009 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition Champion Crowned

April 20, 2009

Top three finalists Baker College, Northeastern University, and Texas A&M University

SAN ANTONIO, April 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Baker College of Flint, Michigan successfully defended their title as National Collegiate Cyber Defense Champions by winning the 4th National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC) held April 17-19 at the Hilton San Antonio Airport Hotel in San Antonio, TX. Some very strong opposition came from Northeastern University and Texas A&M University who took second and third place honors during the competition. “This competition gets better every year,” said Dwayne Williams, Director of the 2009 National CCDC. “Every year the competitors seem more focused and better prepared for whatever we throw at them. There are some very talented individuals from across the country at these CCDC events.”

The competition, hosted by The University of Texas at San Antonio’sCenter for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS), a nationally recognized leader in cyber security education, featured eight eight-member teams that were scored on their ability to operate and maintain a business network while under hostile cyber attack.

The CCDC program has grown from five participating schools in 2005 to 65 schools in 2009 with eight regional competitions taking place nationwide. The 2009 national competition featured Baker College of Flint, Michigan, California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, Dakota State University, Northeastern University, Texas A&M University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of Pittsburgh, and University of Washington. The participants advanced to the National CCDC after winning their state and regional competitions. Dr. Greg White, Director of the CIAS said “We’ve had four national competitions with winners representing three different regions, so it’s good to see that there’s bright, sharp, computer security savvy individuals all over this country.”

The CCDC program is the first cyber defense competition allowing teams of full-time collegiate students from across the country to apply their information assurance and technology education in a competitive environment. While similar to other cyber defense competitions, CCDC competitions are unique because they focus on business operations and incorporate the operational aspect of managing and protecting an existing network infrastructure. The teams inherited an “operational” network from a fictional business complete with e-mail, Web sites, data files, and users.

Each team was required to correct problems on their network, perform typical business tasks, and defend their networks from a red team that generated live, hostile activity throughout the competition. The teams were scored on their performance in those three areas and the team with the highest score at the end of the competition was crowned the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Champion.

CCDC is sponsored in part through donations from leading businesses in the communications and information technology industries. Donated hardware and software from leaders in the IT industry was used during the competition to provide students with the opportunity to work with technologies they would never see in a typical classroom environment.

The National CCDC is being sponsored in part through donations and volunteer support from Cisco Systems (www.cisco.com), Core Security (www.coresecurity.com), G-C Partners (www.g-cpartners.com), Microsoft (www.microsoft.com), Northrop Grumman (www.northgrum.com), and the Information Systems Security Association (http://alamo.issa.org).

For more information please visit http://www.nationalccdc.org or contact the CIAS at 210-458-2119.

SOURCE Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security

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