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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:

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