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Rochester Institute of Technology Crowned National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition Champion

 Rochester Institute of Technology Crowned National Collegiate Cyber Defense
                             Competition Champion

Dakota State University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology round out top
three

PR Newswire

SAN ANTONIO, April 22, 2013

SAN ANTONIO, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- (San Antonio) Rochester
Institute of Technology took home the Alamo Cup this weekend at the eighth
annual National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC –
http://www.nationalccdc.org), held April 19-21 at the St. Anthony Hotel in San
Antonio. Organized by the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security
(CIAS) at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), the NCCDC pitted
teams of full-time college students from across the country against each other
in an environment where cyber security skills are pushed to the limit.

Dakota State University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology also made
strong showings at the competition, placing second and third, respectively.

"We developed the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition to help
develop the nation's cyber workforce, improve IA curriculums, and provide
students with a way to hone both technical and soft skills," said Dwayne
Williams, NCCDC Director. "In just eight years, CCDC competitions have become
an excellent recruiting ground for companies who want to hire the best talent
colleges have to offer. Past competitors have collectively received thousands
of job offers."

Modeled from real world scenarios and obstacles, the CCDC is the first cyber
security competition designed to test how well students operate and manage a
network infrastructure similar to the networks found in the commercial sector.
At the start of the National Championship on Friday, each eight-person team
inherited an "operational" network for a fictional correctional institute
complete with prisoner commissary for retail e-commerce, personnel records,
and jail management software. Competitors were given minimal information about
the network, its security levels, and its software. Minutes later, a live Red
Team began to actively scan and probe the team's networks in an effort to
break into and disrupt each team's network operations. An Orange Team,
composed of fictional employees, clients, and customers contributed new stress
to the teams as they struggled to maintain services.

Over the course of the three-day competition, the teams were required to keep
up with the operational needs of their jail and their user demands while
maintaining service level agreements for all of their critical Internet
services. When they successfully completed business tasks and maintained
services, they earned points. When they violated service level agreements,
used, recovery and restoration usage services, or when the Red Team
successfully penetrated their network, they lost points. At the end of the
competition, the RIT team had earned the highest score and the right to take
home the coveted Alamo Cup.

10 regional winners from around the country competed in this year's national
championship. The 2013 CCDC Regional Winners are:

  oUniversity of Alaska, Fairbanks, At Large Regional CCDC Winner
  oMillersville University (Penn.), Mid-Atlantic Regional Winner
  oRose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Ind.), Mid-West Regional Winner
  oDakota State University (S.D.), North Central Regional Winner
  oRochester Institute of Technology, Northeast Regional Winner
  oUniversity of Washington, Pacific Rim Regional Winner
  oUnited States Air Force Academy, Rocky Mountain Regional Winner
  oUniversity of Central Florida, Southeast Regional Winner
  oOklahoma State University, Southwest Regional Winner
  oCalifornia State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Western Regional CCDC
    Winner

Sponsors of the NCCDC recognize the importance of supporting this type of
educational competition. Platinum sponsors included the Department of Homeland
Security – Science and Technology, Splunk and Walmart.

"As a first time attendee to the NCCDC I was as impressed with the quality of
the event as I was with the talent level of the competitors," said Jerry
Geisler, Senior Director of Walmart Security and Compliance. Geisler added,
"The competitors were exceptional and represented their schools very well. It
was a privilege to participate in this year's NCCDC event and observe the
bright minds of these young security practitioners as they competed in these
real-life scenarios."

National Level sponsors include the United States Army INSCOM and the Navy's
Information Dominance systems command, SPAWAR.

Gold Level sponsors include Juniper Networks, Boeing, Deloitte, and McAfee.

Silver Level sponsors include the Air Force Reserve, CORE Security, Goldman
Sachs, Trustwave, Trustwave SpiderLabs and NSS Labs.

Other sponsors include BlackBerry, Microsoft, Citrix, Symantec, CobaltStrike,
Radiant Logic, OWASP, BridgePoint, Queralt, Lieberman Software, Wolfram
Research, University of Washington-Bothell, AFCEA Alamo Chapter, Cyber Defense
Magazine and CODE Magazine.

The threat of cyber attacks targeting the United States is a serious issue at
the highest levels of government. NCCDC provides higher education institutions
with information assurance and computer security programs in a competitive
environment.

"San Antonio boasts one of our nation's largest military contingents," said
Dr. Gregory White, Director of the UTSA CIAS. "Students who participate in
these kinds of competitions are at the forefront of the war on terror. Cyber
terrorism is very real. Each day, our federal government and commercial
sectors are at risk. Our competition provides the necessary foundation for
students to implement what they've learned to serve a higher calling as key
defenders against cyber terrorism and maintain the security of our networks."

For more information please visit http://cias.utsa.edu or contact the CIAS at
210-458-2119.

About UTSA
The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the largest of nine academic
universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a multicultural
institution of access and excellence, UTSA aims to be a national research
university providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen
leaders for the global environment.

UTSA serves nearly 31,000 students in more than 135 degree programs in the
colleges of Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development,
Engineering, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy and Sciences as well as
University College, the Honors College and the Graduate School. Founded in
1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic
development catalyst for Texas and beyond. Learn more at www.utsa.edu.

SOURCE Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security

Website: http://cias.utsa.edu/
 
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