(April 22, 2010)--With representatives from a variety of technology and professional firms watching, a team of security-savvy students from Northeastern University won the Alamo Cup at the 2010 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC), the nation's largest cyber security competition for college students. The University of Louisville and Cal Poly Pomona placed second and third, respectively, at the competition's finals April 16-18 at the Hilton San Antonio Airport hotel.
The UTSA Institute for Cyber Security's Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (ICS-CIAS) founded the NCCDC in 2005 to develop a pipeline for talented college students interested in pursuing cyber security careers. In just five years, the competition has lived up to that mission.
In 2009, when Cal Poly Pomona, West Coast regional champion, competed in the finals of the national competition, Boeing saw something it liked and hired all six graduating members of the team for its information technology group. Similarly, in 2010, corporate scouts were on hand to observe the working styles of the competition's finalists. And, 2010 sponsor Deloitte Consulting LLP has already signed on as the title sponsor for the 2011 competition.
"We're very happy to support the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. The competition is a great opportunity for the students to experience 'real life' cyber challenges in a positive, competitive environment, and we see tremendous opportunities in bringing together academia, the private sector and consumers to advance the cause of this competition," said Paul Nadeau, principal of Deloitte Consulting LLP.
Each year, the NCCDC challenges college students to manage and protect the network of a fictitious business while warding off a live Red Team trying to penetrate the company. Teams earn points by maintaining required services and successfully completing business tasks affecting the company's network. They lose points when the Red Team penetrates their network.
"There is a balancing act between keeping services up and running, and responding to the needs of a business," said Dwayne Williams, NCCDC director. "Northeastern's team consistently provided top-notch performance in maintaining the required operational services and responded well to business requirements."
More than 650 students from 83 universities participated in this year's NCCDC program. The competition's five other finalists were DePaul University, Montana Tech, Texas A&M, Towson University and University of Washington.
Learn about the 2011 Deloitte National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition at the National CCDC website or contact Dwayne Williams at 210-458-2173.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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