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For Immediate Release

03.19.2010

Cyber-Buccaneers Enter Collegiate Cyber-Defense Competition

 

Catawba Valley Community College's Cyber-Buccaneers team recently competed in the Middle-Atlantic regional Collegiate Cyber-Defense Competition (CCDC). The competition involved 100 undergraduate and graduate students from 15 two- and four-year schools.
 
Made up of students from CVCC's Cyber Crime/Information Assurance and Computer Networking programs, the students participated by logging on remote servers and were challenged to securely configure each server against hackers.
 
Team members from the Cyber Crime program include Doreen Cooney, David Chau, Betty Hawkins, Robert Myers and Ben Valle. Team members from Information Security included Brian Carroll, Mark Cline and Tyler Kiziah.
 
The CVCC team is coached by faculty members Rick Barnes, Tom Foss and Tonya Stephens. Participation was an excellent opportunity to expose students to the kinds of work they might encounter in the industry and to expose the industry to CVCC students. 
 
The CCDC is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, with additional sponsorship from the National Security Agency, Science Applications International Corporation, Computer Sciences Corporation and other defense and intelligence contractors.
 
The invitation to participate in the competition came through CVCC's membership in CyberWatch, an NSF-funded consortium of community and four-year schools providing education in the cyber-security field.  CVCC has begun the process of attaining accreditation as an NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance, a program which has just been opened to community colleges through the efforts of CyberWatch. 
 

Pictured from left are students Betty Hawkins, Brian Carroll and David Chau.





 
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