Iowa Central's Cyber Defense team places 4th
by Iowa Central Information
Posted on 11/20/2014
Cyber Defense Competitions (CDCs) are exciting events put on every year by Iowa State University that allow students studying in various areas of information assurance to test their skills. Student competitors form Blue Teams consisting of four to eight students from their university/institution. They are tasked with providing a variety of services to their network, such as web sites, email, remote desktop, programming environments, and backup services. Some of these services are provided by the competition directors, but with hidden vulnerabilities.
The competitors have about three weeks to secure all of their services and prepare their networks. After that, the Red Team is brought in for an eight hour long “attack phase”. The Red Team consists of security professionals from industry as well as graduate students from Iowa State’s Information Assurance program. Their job is to try and hack into the Blue Teams’ systems and steal “flags”. If a Blue Team has one of their flags stolen, they lose points. The Cyber Defense Competition pits the industry’s very best against some of the most talented students in the Midwest.
Pictured team members are -
Back row, left to right - Robert Hardiman (Lake City), Tristan Nicholson (Fort Dodge), Sean Kramer (Fort Dodge), Isaac Ross (Fort Dodge), Marc Matthes, Advisor
Front row, left to right - Alex Melton (Boone), Kat Chavez (Storm Lake)
Not pictured are Nathan Griswold (Fort Dodge) and Chris Davies (Fort Dodge)
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