The Radford University cyber security team placed third in the regional finals of the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition on Saturday, March 29th. This is the third year the team has finished third.
On March 6th, just before Spring Break, the cyber security team earned one of the eight spots in the regional finals after competing virtually in the qualifying round of the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. In this round, the team competed against thirty universities, such as James Madison University, North Carolina State University and West Virginia University.
Lloyd Jones a student on the cyber security team felt confident in the team this year, not only because of how well the team has got along but also because the team has been preparing for months. “We have invested a lot of time practicing every Tuesday and Saturday on campus,” said Jones “everybody knows their role and we all get along really well.”
The cyber security team competes in multiple security-related capture the flag events throughout the year. These events range from ethical hacking challenges to reverse software engineering software and network challenges.
The team competed in the regional finals on March 28th and 29th at the John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland. Only the first place team moved on to the finals. This year that title went to Towson University from Towson, Maryland. Other teams that competed were Anne Arundel Community College, Capitol College, Liberty University, Millersville University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and West Virginia University.
At the competition, NBC interviewed our own Eileen Hindom, the captain of the cyber security team. Hindom discussed the likelihood of the scenarios presented in the competition, "This scenario will happen. It’s just a matter of when. And we’ll be the ones dealing with it."
The team is seeing the growing demand for better security in the information technology world. These competitions are crucial to their success in the professional world and they have demonstrated incredible talents. We are very proud of the cyber security team and congratulate them on all their success!