Technical.ly Baltimore

Civic

Mar. 20, 2014 8:15 am

College students to fight pro ‘hackers’ in cybersecurity competition [VIDEO]

Eight teams of college students from across the Mid-Atlantic, including four from Maryland, will defend computer systems deployed for blizzard response and relief efforts from a phony group of "cyber terrorists" played by professional cybersecurity workers.

The 2012 Mid-Atlantic competition. Image via YouTube.

Here’s the situation: a winter blizzard has pushed Maryland into a state of emergency, but unknown hackers are thwarting the state’s relief efforts.

It’s a fictitious state of affairs, but it’s the setup for next week’s cybersecurity challenge at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Eight teams of college students from across the Mid-Atlantic, including four from Maryland, will defend computer systems deployed for blizzard response and relief efforts from a phony group of “cyber terrorists” played by professional cybersecurity workers.

The four Maryland-based teams:

  • Anne Arundel Community College
  • Towson University
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Capitol College

“Operation Cyber Blizzard” will be a four-day event, and the winner of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition will go on to the national competition in Texas at the end of April.

Watch video from last year’s Mid-Atlantic competition:

-30-
Andrew Zaleski

Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia and the former lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. Before moving to Philadelphia in June 2014, he was a contributing writer to Baltimore City Paper and a Tech Check commentator for WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore city’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has written for The Atlantic, Outside, Richmond magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style magazine, Next City, Grist.org, The Atlantic Cities, and elsewhere.

Profile   /   @ajzaleski   /   Send an email
Advertisement