2015 Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Challenge Qualifier

Students in computer labOn Saturday, January 31, Professor Jonas Patricko was invited by Dr. David Murry of UB’s Business Department to be part of a group of information system and business industry professional educators to assist in the qualifying round of the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NECCDC) at the University at Buffalo. The UB team passed their qualifier, and is headed to Syracuse University in March for the Regional competition. UB has participated in the NECCDC for the past several years, and is now reaching out to area colleges to expand the competition.

The NECCDC competition is designed to test each student team’s ability to secure a networked computer system while maintaining standard business functionality. The scenario involves team members simulating a group of employees from an IT service company that will initiate administration of an IT infrastructure. The teams are expected to manage the computer network, keep it operational, and prevent unauthorized access.

Be Part of the Competition!

Professor Patricko is looking for computer-savvy business students to set up a study group that will help build a team to compete first at the local level, and eventually in the nationals. Colleges field a "blue" team that defends networks, which are in turn tested by the network attacks of a "red" team, made up of industry professionals experienced with network penetration testing (hacking). The industry and academic volunteers functioned as a "white" team, whose job was to ensure competition rules are adhered to throughout the event.  Students that may be interested in joining a study group can contact Professor Patricko at jjp88@medaille.edu to set up a meeting to discuss the possibilities.

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