:: 5 Teams Advance to Regional Finals

The 5th Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) will be held on March 11-13, 2010, pitting students from five area colleges/universities against a “Red Team” of hackers trying to disrupt and compromise their networks. Asheville-Buncombe Technical College, Community College of Baltimore County, Millersville University, Towson University, and University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) were the winners of the Qualifying Rounds, which were conducted remotely during January and February, involving 100 students from 15 two- and four-year schools.

The 5th Mid-Atlantic CCDC will unfold at the new SAIC facility in Columbia, MD and provide a chance for government and industry officials to observe the competition, discuss cyber security career choices with the top students from the region, and become better informed regarding current trends in security and information assurance.

CyberWatch, the National Science Foundation, White Wolf Security, and the Community College of Baltimore County host the event, which will open with a Networking Reception/Job Fair at 4:30pm on Thursday, March 11th. Sponsors include Boeing, CSC, Northrop Grumman, SAIC, and Tenable Network Security, with equipment and software provided by Solera Networks and Core Security.

Students from the following institutions, who also participated in the Qualifying Rounds, are expected to attend the competition: Anne Arundel Community College, Catawba Valley Community College, George Mason University, George Washington University, James Madison University, Northern Virginia Community College, Prince George’s Community College, University of MD College Park, University of Pittsburgh, and Wilmington University.

The winner of the Mid-Atlantic CCDC will move on to represent the region in the National CCDC, April 16-18, 2010, in San Antonio TX.

:: Casey

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:: Follow the Mid-Atlantic Regional CCDC Goings-On

Keep up with all things Mid-Atlantic Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC)-related via the following mechanisms:

There’s a lot happening between now and April:

  • The top 4 teams from Qualifying Rounds will be announced in the next 2 weeks
  • The Regional CCDC micro-site will be going live in the next few weeks
  • The Regional CCDC will get under way March 11-13. 2010 at the SAIC Conference Center in Columbia, MD
  • Information related to the Regional CCDC will be announced via these mechanisms first (e.g., technical specifications of interest to participating teams)
  • A winner from the Regional CCDC will represent our region in the National CCDC

Turn on, tune in, but don’t drop out.

:: Casey

:: New Mid-Atlantic Regional CCDC Micro-Site (Beta)

I’ve been working with D’Blend over the past month on a new micro-site for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC). While still in beta (here), we’re close to going live.

Our goals for building the micro-site were:

  1. Deliver up-to-date information to all CCDC audiences, online
  2. Create an online hub to track performance of all marketing efforts
  3. Get potential sponsors and schools interested in participating in the Mid-Atlantic Regional CCDC
  4. Allow future expansion for new page creation, posts, and articles

Take a peek and let me know what you think.

:: Casey