With more than 230 colleges and universities competing to test their cybersecurity skills, the ten finalists advanced to the national round after Compete in multiple stages before advancing to one round elimination in regional competitions across the country. NCCDC was the first to test cyber defense skills in a university competition based on real-world attack scenarios, and aims to encourage more students to pursue cybersecurity careers.
"NCCDC's systematic and professional approach to this competition and the use of real-world business scenarios will help fill the 1.8 million projected cyber jobs by 2022," he said. John DeSimone Vice President of Cyber Security and Special Missions at Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. "We want to congratulate the University of Virginia and encourage them to continue their quest for excellence in cybersecurity through internships and during their post-graduation careers."
NCCDC challenges university students to operate and manage a network infrastructure similar to that of networks that are in the commercial sector and the tip based on their ability to minimize infiltration of the system, keep operational the critical services and avoid leakage of confidential data. At this year's National Championship, competing teams worked to secure a fictitious biotechnology firm "Volitech," which specializes in vaccine research, materials research, pharmaceuticals and biomechanical organ development.
"The NCCDC program brings together academia, government and industry in a unique way," said Dwayne Williams director of the NCCDC . "Everyone recognizes that we need to find and train more cyber professionals and these contests are critical to help meet that need."
At the end of the competition, the University of Virginia obtained the highest score and took home the coveted NCCDC Alamo Cup. Raytheon will bring the winning team to Washington, DC, this summer to tour some of the leading national research and national cybersecurity sites.
In addition to the best result of the University of Virginia the University of Central Florida came in second place, and the University Dakota State came in third. The 10 schools that competed in the championship include:
- University of Alaska Fairbanks At Large Regional Winner
- University of Virginia Middle Atlantic Regional Winner
- Indiana Tech Midwest Regional Winner
- Dakota State Central North Regional Winner
- University of Buffalo Northeast Regional Winner
- Washington University Seattle Pacific Rim Regional Winner
- Utah Valley University, Rocky Mountain Regional Winner
- University of Central Florida Southeast Regional Winner
- Baylor University Southwest Regional Winner
- California State University Northridge, Western Regional Winner
The sponsors of NCCDC include government agencies, universities and commercial companies.
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