(April 7, 2011)--Nine teams of college students from across the nation will compete this weekend at the finals of the nation's largest collegiate cyber security competition, the sixth annual National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC) presented by Deloitte. The national competition, April 8-10 at the Hilton San Antonio Airport hotel, was founded 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 CCDC 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 a simulated operational network for a fictional business that includes email, websites, data files and users. Competitors are given minimal information about the network, its security levels and its software. A few minutes later, a live Red Team starts scanning and probing their companies.
The competition's scoring is determined by how well 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 completing business tasks and maintaining services. They lose points by violating service level agreements, 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. Nine teams will compete at this year's national championship:
* 2010 national competitor
"In six years of operation, the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition has grown from five teams to more than 100 teams representing nine regions across the country," said Dwayne Williams, NCCDC director. "We are particularly grateful for our partnership with Deloitte LLP, the title sponsor of this year's competition. By partnering with Deloitte, we have been able to raise national awareness of the shortage of cyber security professionals available for public and private sector employment. We are extremely grateful to Deloitte for its support in this critical outreach program."
In addition to Deloitte, sponsors of the 2011 NCCDC include a variety of businesses in the information security, information technology, broadband and publishing industries, and a group of San Antonio businesses. This year's major sponsors include the Department of Homeland Security, Red Lambda, McAfee, Core Security, Zynga, Splunk, Rapid7, Microsoft Security Response Center, Science Applications International Corp., Boeing, Trustwave, Opswat, Northrop Grumman, AFCEA, ISSA, Vic Helbling Consulting, and Denim Group.
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For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
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