Texas A&M Wins 2007 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition
SAN ANTONIO, TX UNITED STATES 04/24/2007
SAN ANTONIO, April 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Texas A&M University
and Millersville University of Pennsylvania took first and second place
honors in the 2nd annual National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition
(CCDC) held April 13-15 at the Airport Hilton Hotel in San Antonio. The
winning team will receive an invitation from the Department of Homeland
Security (DHS) to attend the March 2008 Cyber Storm II National Cyber
Security Exercise in Washington, D.C.
"It was a great experience that was very professionally done," said
Rusty Redden, Texas A&M team captain. "We felt good going into the final
day of competition and were able to lock it down on Sunday."
The competition, hosted by the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and
Security (CIAS) at The University of Texas at San Antonio, a nationally
recognized leader in cyber security education and research, featured
four teams of graduate and undergraduate students that were scored on
their ability to operate and maintain a business network while under
hostile cyber attack.
Closing ceremony highlights included an awards presentation and keynote
address from Cheri McGuire, deputy director of the Department of
Homeland Security's National Cyber Security Division. McGuire stressed
the importance of universities educating the next generation of cyber
security professionals to help defend the nation's critical network
assets. She also noted that competitions such as CCDC give students a
level of realism and a hands-on experience that complements their formal
The CCDC program has grown from five participating schools in 2005 to 44
schools in 2007 and anticipates adding three regional competitions and
another 30 participating schools in 2008. The 2007 national competition
featured the nation's top collegiate cyber defense teams representing
Texas A&M University, University of Louisville, Millersville University
of Pennsylvania and Indiana Tech.
The participants advanced to the National CCDC after winning state and
regional competitions against 44 opposing teams in the Southwest,
Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Regions.
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 information technology educations in a
competitive environment. While similar to other cyber defense
competitions, NCCDC competitions are unique because they focus on
business operations and incorporate the operational aspect of managing
and protecting an existing network infrastructure. The teams inherit an
"operational" network from a fictitious business complete with e-mail,
web sites, data files, and users.
The National CCDC was sponsored in part through donations and volunteer
support from the Department of Homeland Security (http://www.dhs.gov),
Cisco Systems (http://www.cisco.com), Symantec Corporation
(http://www.symantec.com), Northrop Grumman
(http://www.tippingpoint.com), Acronis (http://www.acronis.com), the
International Board and local Alamo Chapter of the Information Systems
Security Association (http://www.issa.org), Coretrace
(http://www.coretrace.com), Core Security (http://www.coresecurity.com),
SecureLogix Corporation (http://www.securelogix.com), Rackspace
(http://www.rackspace.com), O'Reilly Media (http://www.oreilly.com),
Prentice Hall (http://www.prenticehall.com), ThinkGeek
(http://www.thinkgeek.com), Information Security Magazine
(http://informationsecurity.techtarget.com), Code Magazine
(http://www.code-magazine.com), Pepsi (http://www.pepsi.com), and
R&L Foods (http://www.randlfoods.com).
For more information please visit http://www.nationalccdc.org or
contact the CIAS at 210-458-2118 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE University of Texas at San Antonio
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