A team comprised of students attending Northeastern University have beaten seven other teams to win the 2010 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, according to Northeastern’s website. The competition was held last week, from April 16-18, and teams had to manage and defend a fake company’s networks while fending off cyber attacks.
The teams were judged on their ability to find and respond to incoming threats, respond to user needs, maintain business operational needs as well as meeting service level agreements. The team consisted of two graduate students, Weiwei Hu and Alagu Irulappan, and four undergraduate students, Marc Held, Shawn Smith, William Nowak and Channing Conger.
“We can talk with one another about what we know,“ Smith says. “I might not know how to do something, but, instead of having to search online for a few minutes, I can get a straight answer from one of my friends.“
Howard Schmidt, the current White House Cybersecurity Coordinator, attended the event. The event looks to find the next generation of cyber professionals to help develop a skilled force of cyber warriors.
“We were kind of coming back with a vengeance, I guess,“ says Smith, who has competed each of the last three years. “It felt really good to win.“