Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition Finals Later This Month

April 17th, 2012 by Erwin Gianchandani Post a comment »

Later this month, the best and brightest cyber defense students from 10 universities throughout the country will descend on San Antonio, TX, for the 8th annual National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) sponsored by Deloitte. The three-day final, which kicks off on April 20th, challenges participants on the “operational aspect of managing and protecting an existing ‘commercial’ network infrastructure”:

The 2012 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) [image courtesy CCDC].You have just been hired as the network and security administrators at a small company and will be taking administrative control of all information systems. You know very little about the network, what security level has been maintained, or what software has been installed. You have a limited time frame to familiarize yourself with the network and systems and to begin the security updates and patches before the red team starts actively attacking your company. In the midst of all the commotion, you have to keep up with the needs of the business and user demands while maintaining service level agreements for all critical Internet services. Welcome to the first day of the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition…

This year’s finalists (following the link):

  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Texas A&M University
  • Towson University
  • St. Cloud State University
  • University of Wyoming
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • University of Washington

To learn more, check out the CCDC website — and see the winners from 2011 and 2010.

(Contributed by Erwin Gianchandani, CCC Director)