SAIC has announced that it will serve as a sponsor for the 5th Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition taking place over the next few days. During the competition, students will try to defend their networks from hackers while continuing to ensure that networks continue to function properly.
The competition includes the following schools: Community College of Baltimore County; Towson University; the University of Maryland Baltimore County; Asheville-Buncombe Technical College; Millersville University in Pennsylvania. The winner will represent the region in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in San Antonio, Texas, in April.
“Defense of our cyber infrastructure is imperative, and competitions such as the CCDC provide students with an exciting and challenging introduction to careers in science, technology, and engineering,” said Larry Cox, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager. “Since SAIC is a science and engineering company, we are committed to promoting technical disciplines to future generations.”
In addition to defending the networks, students are also responsible for keeping the networks functioning, such as email, etc. Additionally, students must respond to business requests, such as adding new users, while balancing the needs of security with business needs.