For the third time in seven years, a team of students from UNC Charlotte’s Department of Software and Information Systems is headed to stake their claim at the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Championships.
The 49th Security Division Team qualified for the nationals after winning the Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.
The objective of the competition is for the teams to essentially run and fix an IT company, while at the same time, being hacked by skilled hackers over the course of three days. Scoring is based on uptime, defense, and how well the team performs and responds to business functions and tasks being asked to be completed during the competition.
The 49th Security Division Team will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the nationals, April 20 - 22, in San Antonio, Texas, along with $12,000 in training and certification vouchers, and a spot competing in the Cyberlympics, the world’s first team ethical hacking championships.
"I believe we have the potential to go all the way to the top and I couldn't pick a better group of students to represent the University at a competitive, national level,” said team member Zack Mayo. "We've decided that our number one priority as a team is to make UNC Charlotte proud and to show everyone that we're capable of being the best of the best.”
– Zack Mayo, Team Member
Along with Mayo, the UNC Charlotte team roster included Joshua Schroeder, Ben Van Pelt, Michael Rosa, Luke Snyder, Daniel Colson, Doug Lilley and Max Rogers. The team also received "Best Defense" and "Best Uptime" awards in the Regionals.
Other teams competing were: Auburn University-Montgomery; Clemson University; Kennesaw State University; Mercer University; Northern Kentucky University; Southern Polytechnic & State University; University of Louisville; and University of North Carolina at Wilmington.