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ITAM students finish in top 10 at cyber competition

Seven ITAM students competed in the Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition earlier this month at Highline College.

“Considering this was the first time CWU and the students participated in a cyber defense competition, they performed very well finishing in the top 10,” said Jackson Muhirwe, professor of cybersecurity, ITAM.

The team was made up of Kristi Glasgall (captain), Nick Smith, Brendon Maitland, German Godinez, Brian McDougall, David Rice, and Kolbe Stevenson.

“Their performance was beyond the expectations of the organizers and the students themselves,” Jackson said. “It is because of this that two of our four seniors on the team are being courted by major security companies.”

The Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition was created to address the need for information assurance training. The PRCCDC is one of 10 regions of the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

During the competition, students assume administrative and protective duties for an existing “commercial” network. Teams are scored on the ability to detect and respond to outside threats, maintain services such as mail and web servers, respond to business requests, and balance security needs against business needs.

April 12, 2016

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