July 16, 2018

UAT’s Network Security Team Takes A Roadtrip To WRCCDC

UAT WRCCDC Qualifier Cyber Security students

UAT Cyber Security students have been prepping for the Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (WRCCDC) since last fall. They competed in the CCDC Virtual Qualifier in January 2017, finishing in 4th place, which secured them a spot at WRCCDC on March 24-26, 2017, at the Cal Poly Pomona Bronco Center.

UAT students take this competition very seriously as there is a selection process for being accepted to UAT’s CCDC team. Keep in mind that UAT took 2nd place at 2016 WRCCDC. This being the 10th year of the NRCCDC, UAT would like to mirror that level of success in 2017, if possible.

Cyber Security Professor Wayne Kibbe will serve as faculty coach and team chaperone for the roadtrip on their journey to Cal Poly Pomona for the competition.

Network Security students with Professor Wayne Kibbe in UAT's Cyber Warfare Range

Network Security students with Professor Wayne Kibbe in UAT’s Cyber Warfare Range

Professor Kibbe said, “We have an amazing amount of talent on the team this year to help us do well. These students not only take our security courses but in addition hold workshops ever weekend to practice and hone their skills. I’m very proud of their efforts and hard work that got them to this point.”

During the competition, it’s important to stay organized and effectively communicate with team members.

“Each member of UAT’s team has a primary responsibility or specialty, whether its extensive knowledge of Linux, Windows or another operating system, there is an expert that the team can rely on,” said Savlowitz.

What is CCDC?
The Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition was created in 2004 by a group of educators, students, government and industry representatives who had interest in developing an event to engage post-secondary level students in regular cyber security exercises.

CCDC is a 3-day event and the first ever competition that specifically focuses on the operational aspect of managing and protecting an existing “commercial” network infrastructure. Not only do students get a chance to test their knowledge in an operational environment, they have the opportunity to experience real time incident response.

Only 8 teams from the WRCCDC Qualifier make it to the face-to-face regional.From the Regional competitors only the winning team gets an all expense paid trip to National CCDC.

The CCDC competition asks student teams to assume administrative and protective duties for an existing commercial network – typically a medium business with 50+ users, 8 to 16 servers, and common network services such as a web, E-mail and e-commerce. Each team begins the competition with an identical set of hardware and software for their fictitious business and teams are scored on their ability to detect and respond to outside threats, maintain availability of existing services and respond to business requests such as the addition or removal of services or hardware, balancing security needs against business needs.

Good luck competing, UAT!


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