Yesterday the Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition started at Cal Poly Pomona. The competition was created to test the skills of our next generation of cyber warriors. The winners of the competition will compete at the National CCDC event in April 2010. Winners will also receive complementary admission to the world renown Black Hat Security Conference. Black Hat was founded by Jeff Moss, who is currently an advisor to the Homeland Security Advisory Council. The competition sounds realistic, according to the competition website:
You have just been hired as the network and security administrators at a small company and will be taking administrative control of all information systems. You know very little about the network, what security level has been maintained, or what software has been installed.
You have one hour to familiarize yourself with the network and systems and to begin the security updates and patches before the red team starts actively attacking your company. In the midst of all the commotion, you have to keep up with the needs of the business and user demands while maintaining service level agreements for all critical Internet services. Welcome to the first day of the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC).
The competition runs until March 28th, for more information see the competition website.