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Oct 5, 2012 6:18 PM by Greg Boyce

Cadets capture the flag

The Air Force Academy's Cyber Competition Team placed first of 331 undergraduate teams from the United States and Canada in the New York Polytechnic Cyber Security Awareness Week Capture the Flag competition held Sept. 28-30.

The Academy team was one of 331 undergraduate teams competing. Counting teams of graduate students and industry professionals, a total of 1,212 teams competed from around the world. Of those 1,212 teams, the Air Force Academy finished eighth overall. The NYU Poly Capture the Flag competition is a challenge-based competition centered around solving technical security challenges to find flags and submit them for points. The competition consists of different kinds of challenges in many different categories from all areas of computer security. The Air Force Academy team solved all 32 of the challenges.
Four students from each of the top 10 undergraduate teams from the U.S. and Canada are invited to compete in a Capture the Flag competition at the NYU Poly Cyber Security Awareness Week conference in Brooklyn, Nov. 15-17. This will be the second year that the Air Force Academy will be represented at this competition.

The Air Force Academy team consists of: Cadets 1st Class C1C Nathan Hart, Frank Adkins, Josh Christman, Luke Jones, and Mike Winstead; Cadets 2nd Class Sam Kiekhaefer, Chase King, Keane Lucas, Chad Speer, and Ryan Zacher; and Cadets 3rd Class Erick Bonick, Zach Madison, Evan Richter, and Clay West.

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