(April 18, 2011)--The University of Washington took first place at the sixth National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC) April 8-10 in San Antonio. Presented by Deloitte for the 2011 season, the NCCDC pits 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.
Strong opposition came from Texas A&M University and the University of Louisville, who took second- and third-place honors during the competition.
"This competition gets better every year," said Dwayne Williams, director of the 2011 National CCDC. "We challenge them to find that balance between fending off cyber attacks and supporting business operations -- exactly what cyber security professionals have to do every day. Each year the competitors seem more focused and better prepared for whatever we throw at them. There are some very talented teams from across the country at these CCDC events."
Hosted by the UTSA Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS), the competition featured nine teams that were scored on their ability to operate and maintain a business network while under hostile cyber attack. One hundred nine schools participated in CCDC qualifying and regional events nationwide.
The 2011 national competition featured nine regional winners: California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, Indiana Tech, Rochester Institute of Technology, Texas A&M University, United States Air Force Academy, University of Louisville, University of Maryland, University of Washington and University of Wyoming.
The participants advanced to the National CCDC after winning their state and regional competitions. While similar to other cyber defense competitions, CCDC competitions are unique because they focus on business operations and incorporate the operational aspect of managing and protecting an existing network infrastructure. The teams inherit a simulated network from a fictional business complete with email, websites, data files, and users.
Each team is required to correct problems on their networks, perform typical business tasks and defend their networks from a red team generating live, hostile activity throughout the competition. The teams are scored on their performance in the three areas, and the team with the highest score at the end of the competition is crowned the National Collegiate Cyber Defense champion.
CCDC is sponsored in part through donations from leading businesses in the communications and information technology industries. Donated hardware and software from leaders in the IT industry are used during the competition to provide students the opportunity to work with technologies they would never see in a typical classroom environment.
The National CCDC was sponsored through donations and volunteer support from:
For more information, visit the NCCDC website or contact CIAS at 210-458-2119.
The UTSA community is invited to the Community Networking events hosted by the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion during Roadrunner Days. Various opportunities will be available that will focus on our diverse population.
H-E-B University Center Ballrooms (HUC 1.104 and HUC 1.106), Main Campus
Start in the Paseo then branch out around campus so you know where to go on the first day of classes.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
This event offers a preview of the UC’s programs and services that students can enjoy throughout the year. There will be food and giveaways too.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
There will be a special UCinema showing following Kickback at the UC at 9pm in Retama Auditorium (located on the 2nd floor of UC North).
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The Honors College welcomes all new freshmen to UTSA. Join them for breakfast and meet Honors College administrators, staff, and connect with other new Honors students.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Convocation is UTSA’s ceremony to launch the new academic year. Attendance is mandatory for all incoming freshmen because it marks the first step students will take in their higher education journey of discovery. It is also highly recommended for transfer students as they continue their higher education journey at UTSA and become members of the Roadrunner Family.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Visit your College to explore your major before the first day of classes.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
Successful first-year students at UTSA are those who learn how to utilize resources, recognize and resolve problems, and prepare themselves to take advantage of their time on campus. The Student Success Series promotes this achievement by offering workshops on the common concerns and questions first-year students have during their transition to university life.
University Center Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
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