US: University of Central Florida has secured first position in the 2014 Raytheon National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC), held from April 25-27 in San Antonio, Texas. The competition pitted the top ten college and university teams from across the country against each other to keep a fictional business running while under constant cyber-attack. Raytheon Company presented the competition, which was organized by the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS) at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). The competition brought together more than 180 colleges and universities and 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students. "As every sector of our society increases its reliance on networks and devices that must be protected, this competition provides practical experience to help prepare the next generation of cyber security leaders to defend the ever growing internet of things against increasing threats. The Raytheon National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition brings together the best of the best. Watching these teams test their skills against government and industry cyber experts gives us confidence in our economic and national security,” said Jack Harrington, Vice President, Cyber and Special Missions within Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services.
Modeled from real world scenarios, the Raytheon NCCDC was the first national cyber security competition designed to test how well college students operate and manage a network infrastructure similar to the networks found in the commercial sector. At the start of the national championship, each eight-person team inherited an operational network for a mock online game hosting company. The teams were required to keep up with the operational needs of their business 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, the team earned points. When teams violated service level agreements, used recovery and restoration services, or when the team of government and industry cyber experts successfully penetrated a team's network, points were taken from their score. "This was a great finale to an amazing season. Every year the competition gets bigger and better. The competitors are better prepared, the teams are stronger, and the challenges more intense. We know our stakeholders have the resources and vision to help us take the CCDC programme to the next level,” said Dwayne Williams, CIAS Director of NCCDC.
Source: PR newswire