April 22, 2013
Rochester Institute of Technology
took home the Alamo Cup this weekend at the eighth annual National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC –
at the St. Anthony Hotel in
. Organized by the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS) at The
University of Texas at San Antonio
(UTSA), the NCCDC pitted teams of full-time college students from across the country against each other in an environment where cyber security skills are pushed to the limit.
Dakota State University
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
also made strong showings at the competition, placing second and third, respectively.
"We developed the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition to help develop the nation's cyber workforce, improve IA curriculums, and provide students with a way to hone both technical and soft skills," said
, NCCDC Director. "In just eight years, CCDC competitions have become an excellent recruiting ground for companies who want to hire the best talent colleges have to offer. Past competitors have collectively received thousands of job offers."
Modeled from real world scenarios and obstacles, the CCDC is the first cyber security competition designed to test how well students operate and manage a network infrastructure similar to the networks found in the commercial sector. At the start of the National Championship on Friday, each eight-person team inherited an "operational" network for a fictional correctional institute complete with prisoner commissary for retail e-commerce, personnel records, and jail management software. Competitors were given minimal information about the network, its security levels, and its software. Minutes later, a live Red Team began to actively scan and probe the team's networks in an effort to break into and disrupt each team's network operations. An Orange Team, composed of fictional employees, clients, and customers contributed new stress to the teams as they struggled to maintain services.