Students Participate at National Cyber Defense Competition
May 7, 2012 — A team of eight representatives from the University of Wyoming competed in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC) on April 20, 2012. The competition was held at San Antonio for the seventh consecutive year. The 2012 national competition featured ten regional winners: California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, Rochester Institute of Technology, St. Cloud State University, Texas A&M University, Towson University, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, United States Air Force Academy, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Washington, and the University of Wyoming.
The threat of cyber attacks targeting the United States is a serious issue at the highest levels of government. President Obama recently noted "cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation." Moreover, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano recently announced that the Department of Homeland Security faces a barrage - thousands - of cyber-attacks every 45 minutes. In line with the United States' commitment to cyber defense, Secretary of Department of Defense Leon Panetta announced in his 10-year budget forecast that cyber security is one of a few select areas that will receive additional investment and resources, even as the Department of Defense readies to scale back $487 billion in spending in other areas. The national event serves as an additional training ground for future cyber defenders. It also provides the best and brightest collegiate students an opportunity to shine on a national stage and connect with the top cyber security firms in the country.
The competition is modeled from real world scenarios and obstacles. This one-of-a-kind competition features the top 10 champions of the regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition from universities across the country. The NCCDC pits teams of full-time college students against each other in an environment where cyber security skills are pushed to the limit.
Each team was required to correct problems on their network, perform typical business tasks, and defend their networks from a red team that generated live, hostile activity throughout the competition. The teams were scored on their performance in those three areas and the team with the highest score at the end of the competition was crowned the 2012 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Champion.
The University of Wyoming's CCDC team is comprised of Dietrich Wambach, Nick Anderson, Jay Wuensch, Eric Richardson, Nate Wermers, Dustin Brown, Alex Wellock, and Paul Ogle. Coach: Jim Ward Computer Science Department.