Fighting Hacker Attacks in a Competition
The challenge of warding off cyber attacks while fulfilling tasks given to you by your boss is a piece of cake for the young geniuses at the Rochester institute of Technology. The Institute has its own cyber security squad which competes on state and national level. The squad gathers eight exceptional students scheduled to compete in the national Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition championships in San Antonio this weekend. Only ten out of 180 cyber security teams make it to the nationals each year.
Rochester won first place in 2013 and last year they finished second, right behind the University of Central Florida in Orlando. This year alongside these two squads, a chance to win the competition will also be given to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of California, Berkeley, DePaul University in Chicago, ITT Technical Institute in Boise, Idaho, University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Catonsville, University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Southern Utah University in Cedar City and the University of Texas at San Antonio.
The game goes like this: three teams are involved – the red team, the white team and the blue team. Students are assigned to blue teams and their task is to protect computer infrastructure which they have never seen before. At the same time, the infrastructure is being attacked by red teams, who are actually industry professionals who act as hackers. Students get points for warding off attacks. At the same time, they have to perform various tasks given to them by the white teams, posing as their bosses.
Exciting game isn’t it? It remains to be seen how many of these young minds will end up saving the computer planet.
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