UCF Team Wins 2021 DOE Cyber Competition
Congratulations to the University of Central Florida Collegiate Cybersecurity Competition Team (C3) for their recent win of the 2021 Department of Energy CyberForce Competition! The UCF team finished in 1st place out of 120 teams (over 700 students) from colleges and universities across the country. Members of this year’s team include Team Captain Jeffrey DiVincent (JR-CS), Cameron Whitehead (MS-DF), Caitlin Whitehead (MS-DF), Aiden Durand (SR-CS), Christopher Fischer (JR-CS), and Matthew McKeever (SO-CS). This win marks UCF’s seventh Cybersecurity National Championship since 2014.
The CyberForce Competition is a large, high-profile cyber competition that is unique from others in that it requires student teams to build, secure, and defense a oil pipeline and drilling companies, electric companies, water treatment plants, etc. The 2021 scenario involved designing, securing, and defending the network for an energy company operating a hydropower dam. Kandy Phan, Sandia National Laboratory Red Team Director, complimented UCF’s performance and teamwork, saying that they “baselined their system really well and they read the rules…[UCF] had good documentation and they knew how their system system worked…if this was a real system, their (UCF’s) defense would have kept their OT systems working.”
To watch the competition recap interview with UCF Team Captain Jeffery DiVincent, click here!
Cyber Florida at I/ITSEC 2021 Orlando
Cyber Florida will be exhibiting at the I/ITSEC Conference from Nov. 29-Dec. 2 in the EcosySTEM of Learning section of the Exhibit Hall, Booth #3087. Stop by to say hello, speak with staff, learn about our programs, and grab some Cyber Florida swag!
The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) is the world’s largest modeling, simulation, and training event and consists of peer-reviewed paper presentations, tutorials, special events, professional workshops, a commercial exhibit hall, a serious games competition, and STEM events for teachers and secondary students. This year’s event will be November 29-December 2 at the Orange County Convention Center South Concourse.
I/ITSEC is organized and sponsored by the National Training & Simulation Association (NTSA), which promotes international and interdisciplinary cooperation within the fields of modeling and simulation (M&S), training, education, analysis, and related disciplines at this annual meeting. The NTSA is an affiliate subsidiary of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). Hence, I/ITSEC also emphasizes themes related to defense and security.