When it comes to maintaining a business network, keeping up with today’s blitz of technological advances makes it difficult enough, but fending off increasingly aggressive and malicious hackers can make it almost impossible. At this weekend’s 4th Mid-Atlantic Regional (CCDC), student teams from the Community College of Baltimore County, George Washington University, James Madison University, and the University of Pittsburgh will have the opportunity to test their prowess at averting the advances of a team of professional hackers set to attack their simulated business networks. Hosted by the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), in conjunction with White Wolf Security and the CyberWATCH Center, with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the three-day event will take place March 27-29, at Damon’s Grill (Banquet Room), located at 118 Shawan Road, Suite HH, Hunt Valley, MD. The winning team will represent the Mid-Atlantic region in the 4th National CCDC in San Antonio, TX, April 17-19.
While similar to other cyber defense competitions in many aspects, the Mid-Atlantic Regional CCDC, as part of the National CCDC, is unique in that it focuses on the operational aspect of managing and protecting an existing network infrastructure. While other exercises examine the abilities of a group of students to design, configure, and protect a network over the course of an entire semester, this competition is focused on the more operational task of assuming administrative and protective duties for an existing “commercial” network. Teams are scored based on their ability to detect and respond to outside threats, maintain availability of existing services (e.g., mail and web servers), respond to business requests (e.g., the addition or removal of additional services), and balance security needs against business needs.
:: Event Schedule:
- Friday, March 27: day one competition starts at 12pm; Q&A with red team members at 7pm; guest speaker Johnny Long at 7:45pm
- Saturday, March 28: day two competition starts at 9am
- Sunday, March 29: day three competition beings at 9am; awards ceremony starts at 1:30pm