Champlain Student Team Places 3rd in Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition
The Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NECCDC) is designed to test student skills in defending computer systems. On March 11, 2016 teams from around New England gathered at the University of Maine for three days and were given a typical network with enterprise services to manage while under attack by the Red Team, a group comprised of industry professionals. Recruiters from various agencies and companies looking for employees and interns also were in attendance.
The Champlain team, coached by ITS Assistant Professor Devin Paden, placed third behind RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology). Northeastern University took first place and will go on to the national competition in April.
The team started practicing in October, setting up and securing various Operating Systems and services to prepare. No team knows what network configurations they will be presented with until they arrive at the competition. Even then, they don’t know what is on those systems until the doors to their room closes and they have to assess the situation, secure their systems, keep services running, and keep the Red Team out.
The team is grateful for the support of the SGA and ITS division in providing funding for the trip. The coach and students are already beginning to make plans for next year.
From Left to Right: Grant Kaiser, Matt Lantange, Andre Maccarone, Tyler Boire, Max Thauer, Conrad Wells (captain), Hunter Gregal, Shane Queeney, Devin Paden (coach), Dave Reindel.