BYU IT Students Take 1st Place at NIATEC CCDC

Students Repel 100% of Attacks...

BYU Information Technology students took first place at the National Information Assurance Training and Education Center at Idaho State University in February.  The team of four included graduate Scott Pack, senior Joel Wenerstrom and juniors Chandler Newby and Laura Wilkinson.  Each member will receive a $1,000 prize scholarship from the NSA.  The Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) involved going head-to-head against 5 other teams to maintain services, handle injects and defend against a barrage of red-team attacks from professional penetration testers.  Students were presented a small-business heathcare merger scenario and had to combine different IT networks in the process.  After the event, the Red Team congratulated the BYU IT team on being the only team to successfully resist all attacks throughout the day-long engagement.  A second BYU team of IT students also competed and received third place.  (Graduate student Jed Montgomery, juniors Taylor Buerger and Brenden Abbott and sophomore Sarah Cunha).  The teams are coached by Dr. Dale Rowe, Assistant Professor of IT.

The Cyber-Competition Teams are composed of members from the BYU Red and Blue teams who regularly volunteer to help secure departments accross the BYU campus as well as local businesses.