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Six collegiate cyber defense team finalists compete for national title in San Antonio

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[April 17, 2008]  SAN ANTONIO -- Texas A&M University looks to defend its national championship title against five teams when the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition takes place this weekend at the Hilton San Antonio Airport Hotel. The third annual competition is being hosted Friday through Sunday by the University of Texas at San Antonio's Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security, a nationally recognized leader in cyber security education and research.

The competition has grown from five participating schools in 2005 to 56 schools in 2008, with six regional competitions taking place nationwide. The 2008 national competition features the 2007 defending champion, Texas A&M University, along with Baker College of Flint, Mich., the Community College of Baltimore County, Mount San Antonio College of Los Angeles County, Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Louisville. The participants advanced to the national competition after winning regional competitions against opposing teams in the Southwest, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and West Coast regions.

The program is sponsored in part through donations from leading businesses in the communications and information technology industries.

"AT&T has always put an emphasis on technology and education," said John T. Montford, AT&T Western Region president, "We are proud to support the NCCDC's competition that encourages students to find new and innovative ideas that benefit companies like AT&T, and partner with UTSA to work toward an ever-advancing field of network security."

The competitive program is the first cyber defense competition allowing teams of full-time collegiate students from across the country to apply their information assurance and information technology education in a competitive environment. While similar to other cyber defense competitions, these competitions are unique because they focus on business operations and incorporate the operational aspect of managing and protecting an existing network infrastructure. The teams will inherit an "operational" network from a fictional business, complete with e-mail, Web pages, data files and users.

"We had many visiting faculty members benefit from last year's national competition as they experienced firsthand what it would be like to have to protect a company's infrastructure in a hostile Internet environment," said Greg White, director of the University of Texas at San Antonio's Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security. "Some of the faculty even changed their instructional programs as a result of lessons learned from the competition."

Each team will be required to correct problems on their network, perform typical business tasks and defend their networks from a red team that generates live, hostile activity throughout the competition. The teams will be scored on their performance in those three areas, and the team with the highest score at the end of the competition will be the National Collegiate Cyber Defense champion.

"Acronis is proud to once again be sponsoring such an important event," said Stephen Lawton, Acronis' senior director of strategic marketing. "Tomorrow's IT leaders need to understand not only networking's best practices, but also be able to take emerging technologies and create new best practices. These are among the best and the brightest up-and-coming network administrators in the country. While Acronis is expert at restoring failed systems, these are the administrators who must be expert at disaster prevention."

Donated hardware and software from leaders in the IT industry is used during the competition to provide students with the opportunity to work with technologies they would never see in a typical classroom environment.

"Up-and-coming network administrators and IT leaders are expanding their level of expertise and awareness at the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. Core Security Technologies is proud to sponsor an event that helps prepare the students for what they will experience beyond the typical classroom setting, helping them reach their full potential," said Mike Yafee of Core Security.

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The National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition is being sponsored in part through donations and volunteer support from the AT&T Foundation, Department of Homeland Security, Cisco Systems, Acronis, Northrop Grumman, Accenture, the Information Systems Security Association, Core Security, ThinkGeek, CoDe Magazine and Pepsi.

For more information, visit http://www.nationalccdc.org/ or contact the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security at 210-458-2118 or info@nationalccdc.org.


Competition: Friday, 1-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sunday, 9-11:30 a.m.

Formal awards luncheon: Sunday, 12:30-2:30 p.m.


History and fact sheet: UTSA's Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security

Established in 2001, the University of Texas at San Antonio's Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security leverages San Antonio's infrastructure assurance strengths and bolsters research and educational initiatives in the field. The multidisciplinary research center is a partnership between academia, the information technology security industry and the local Air Intelligence Agency. The Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security addresses the technical and policy issues of information assurance and security and provides educational training.

In 2002-2003, the center led the highly successful Dark Screen cyber terrorism exercise for San Antonio, bringing national attention as the first city in the nation to conduct a cyber security exercise.

Over the last three years, the center has been awarded more than $8 million through defense appropriations to support community cyber security defend-and-attack exercises and infrastructure assurance and security research.

Personnel from the center have conducted exercises for the various critical infrastructure information sharing and analysis centers as well as for states and communities around the nation.

In February 2008, personnel from the center participated in the Department of Homeland Security's CyberStorm II National Cyber Security Exercise in Washington, D.C.

The University of Texas at San Antonio was the first Texas university with the national "Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education" designation from the Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency. The designation means the university’s curriculum and faculty meet or exceed national standards to teach information-assurance security.

[Text from file received from University of Texas at San Antonio]

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