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RIT takes second at Northeast Regional Cyber Defense Competition

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- A team of Rochester Institute of Technology students took second place at the annual Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. The annual event is part of the nation's largest college-level cyber defense competition, an extracurricular event that helps to train the next generation of cyber security experts. Team members include:

Kyle Carretto of Corfu (14036)
Brandon Adler of Pittsford (14534)
Ryan Whittier of Rochester (14611)

University at Buffalo took first at the 2018 regional competition. RIT placed second and Northeastern University placed third.

The annual event is part of the nation's largest college-level cyber defense competition, an extracurricular event that helps to train the next generation of cyber security experts. The competition gives student teams the opportunity to assume responsibility for the information technology operations of a simulated organization, allowing them to apply cyber defense skills in a real-world scenario.

For the competition, a group of industry professionals from government and companies-called the red team-is assigned to break into computer networks to exploit information from a mock company. Teams of students are "hired" by the company to prevent that information theft from occurring.
In this year's scenario, teams were brought into a fictitious security company called "Wild Eagle" and were expected to secure the network after members of their previous team left the company. Students had the opportunity to test their skills securing and defending widely deployed technologies, including Windows and Linux servers and workstations, next-generation firewalls, and cloud services.

Teams were scored on their ability to detect and respond to outside threats, maintain existing services, respond to business requests such as the addition or removal of services and balance security needs with business needs.