CCIS Wins 1st Place in the Northeast Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

March 9, 2010

Team Members (Left to Right):
Top Row:
Shawn Smith – Undergrad Junior Captain
Marc Held – Undergrad Middler
Alagu Irulappan M G – First year grad
Channing Conger – Undergrad Senior
Bottom Row:
Will Nowak – Undergrad Senior
Weiwei Hu – Second year Grad
Kevin Amorin – Team adviser/Coach

Northeastern University has won the championship in the Northeast Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, held last weekend at University of Maine. A total of 9 teams competed in the Northeast Regional this year, including Harvard University, Rochester Institute of Technology and University of Maine. The team from the College of Computer and Information Science, led by Information Assurance faculty member, Kevin Amorin, consists of 4 undergraduates in Computer Science and 2 graduate students from the Information Assurance program, and has been in training since late December. The 20-hour competition stresses students’ ability to handle the task of securing a real world corporate environment over a three-day period. Each team had to maintain the functionality of its network while it was under attacks by a professional Red Team, at the same time, they had to produce policy documents describing server configuration, accessibility, email, password and other requirements.

This is the second year in a row that Northeastern University has won first place in the Northeast Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. They will now move onto the National Competition to be held in San Antonio, Texas, April 16-18, 2010. This is the largest college-level cyber defense competition in the world. There are more than one hundred teams from around the nation competing for the 8 final spots in the National Competition. Last year, Northeastern University came in second in this competition. Let’s go, Northeastern!