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Mar 5, 2012 5:10 PM by Greg Boyce

AFA wins regional cyber defense competition

The Air Force Academy's cyber competition team won the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition at Regis University in Denver.

The seven teams competing in the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition were Regis University, Fort Hays State University, Colorado State University, University of Colorado, University of New Mexico, Kansas State University, and the Air Force Academy.

This is the Academy's second year participating in the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, and the second year the cadets have won a regional title and qualified for nationals.

For the competition, each team plays the role of network and security administrators at a small company and take administrative control of all information systems. With little knowledge of the network, security level that has been maintained or what software has been used, teams have a limited time to familiarize themselves with the network and systems before they begin security updates and patches, and before the red team starts actively attacking the network. In the midst of all the commotion, the cyber team must keep up with customer and user demands while maintaining all critical services.


As the winner of the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, the Air Force Academy team will advance to the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, April 20-22 in San Antonio, Texas.

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