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(April 15, 2010)--Eight teams of college students from across the country will compete this month for the Alamo Cup at the finals of the nation's largest collegiate cyber security competition, the fifth annual National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC).

The April 16-18 national competition at the Hilton San Antonio Airport hotel was founded in San Antonio by the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS), a nationally recognized leader in cyber security education and training, and part of the UTSA Institute for Cyber Security.

The NCCDC is the first practical 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 competition, each team inherits an "operational" network from a fictional business that includes e-mail, Web sites, data files and users.

While the competitors are given minimal information about the network, its security levels and its software, they are given a few frantic minutes to familiarize themselves with their new networks before a live Red Team starts actively scanning and probing their companies.

Scoring is determined by how well the teams keep up with the operational needs of their businesses and their user demands while maintaining service level agreements for all critical Internet services. Teams accumulate points by successfully completing business tasks and maintaining services.

They lose points by violating service-level agreements, and recovery and restoration usage services, and when the Red Team successfully penetrates their network. At the end of the competition, the team with the highest score is named the national champion.

Eight teams will compete at this year's national championship including:

  • DePaul University (Ill.): 2010 Midwest Regional CCDC Winner
  • *Northeastern University (Mass.): 2010 Northeast Regional CCDC Winner
  • Montana Tech: 2010 North Central Regional CCDC Winner
  • University of Louisville (Ky.): 2010 Southeast Regional CCDC Winner
  • *Texas A&M University, College Station: 2010 Southwest Regional CCDC Winner
  • Towson University (Md.): 2010 Mid-Atlantic Regional CCDC Winner
  • *University of Washington: 2010 Pacific Rim Regional CCDC Winner
  • *Cal Poly Pomona (Calif.): 2010 West Coast Regional CCDC Winner

* Denotes 2009 national competitor

"The CIAS is committed to establishing a pipeline of highly qualified students who are interested in pursuing cyber security careers," said Dwayne Williams, NCCDC director. "Through the competition, students with an interest in cyber security are challenged and evaluated on processes, procedures and tactics. This gives them invaluable practical experience and makes them more marketable when they go to apply for jobs following graduation. At the same time, the experience gives U.S. colleges and universities a chance to evaluate their cyber security curriculum and make changes to keep up with the demands of the industry."

The NCCDC has grown tremendously in its first five years. In 2005, the competition began with five participating schools. This year, 83 colleges and universities participated in eight regions. In the Midwest region, organizers held four state competitions to narrow the field for its regional challenge.

Competition sponsors include a variety of businesses in the information security, information technology, broadband and publishing industries in addition to a group of San Antonio businesses. The major sponsors include the Department of Homeland Security, TASC Inc., Boeing, Core Security, Microsoft Security Response Center, Science Applications International Corp, Wolfram Research, McAfee, Northrop Grumman, Accenture, Dynetics, Innove and Denim Group.

For more information about the cyber security competition, visit the National CCDC Web site or contact Dwayne Williams, CIAS, at 210-458-2173.

 

 

Events

Tuesday, May 3, 5 p.m.

Henry B. Gonzalez Centennial Tribute

The College of Public Policy and the Office for Community Services present a 100th anniversary salute to the late Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez. A distinguished panel will discuss Gonzalez's historical impact. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328) , Downtown Campus

Wednesday, May 4, 5 p.m.

School Psychology Symposium and Reception

Student posters will present case studies based on practicum experiences, literature reviews on topics relevant to educational psychology, and other research experiences this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Durango Building (1.124), Downtown Campus

Thursday, May 5, 5 p.m.

String Project Spring Concert

This end-of-semester concert will feature the 3rd through 8th grade students who have participated in the UTSA String Project this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Theater, Downtown Campus

Monday, May 9, 8 a.m.

The Honeynet Project Workshop

This three-day event will focus on the tools, tactics and motives involved in computer and network attacks. Attendees from around the world will take part in world-class hands-on trainings and technical discussions.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 12, 4 p.m.

Master of Public Administration Open House

Visit with faculty, alumni and students to discuss the benefits of and requirements for a Master Degree in Public Administration and/or the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration & Leadership
Buena Vista Building (1.338), Downtown Campus

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony One

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Sciences.
Alamodome

Saturday, May 14, 4 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Two

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Business, the College of Public Policy and University College.
Alamodome

Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Three

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Alamodome

Wednesday, May 18, 3 p.m.

The Great Staff Appreciation Event

The UTSA community is invited to honor the roughly 2,600 UTSA staff members who contribute to the success of the university and its students.
University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m.

Superintendent Certification Program Information Session

Join UTSA faculty and staff, current students, and area central office administrators/program alumni to learn about this exciting accelerated and web-enhanced program leading to Texas Superintendent Certification. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Building (1.322), Downtown Campus


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