Welcome!

News Feed Item

University of Central Florida wins 2014 Raytheon National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

Rochester Institute of Technology and University of Alaska, Fairbanks round out the winning schools as government and commercial cyber experts test the skills of teams from across the country

SAN ANTONIO, April 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- University of Central Florida bested nine other finalist teams to win the 2014 Raytheon National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC), held April 25-27 in San Antonio, Texas. The competition pitted the top ten college and university teams from across the country against each other to keep a fictional business running while under constant cyber-attack. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) presented the competition, which was organized by the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS) at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

University of Central Florida wins 9th Annual Raytheon National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.  The competition pitted the top ten college and university teams from across the country to keep a fictional business running while under cyber-attack.

More than 180 colleges and universities and 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students participated in competitions that lead up to this year's national championship, which brought together the winners of 10 regional competitions held across the nation from February through early April.

 "As every sector of our society increases its reliance on networks and devices that must be protected, this competition provides practical experience to help prepare the next generation of cybersecurity  leaders to defend the ever growing internet of things against increasing threats," said Jack Harrington, vice president, Cyber and Special Missions within Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. "The Raytheon National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition brings together the best of the best. Watching these teams test their skills against government and industry cyber experts gives us confidence in our economic and national security."

"This was a great finale to an amazing season," said Dwayne Williams, CIAS director of NCCDC. "Every year the competition gets bigger and better. The competitors are better prepared, the teams are stronger, and the challenges more intense. We know our stakeholders have the resources and vision to help us take the CCDC program to the next level."

Modeled from real world scenarios, the Raytheon NCCDC was the first national cyber security competition designed to test how well college students operate and manage a network infrastructure similar to the networks found in the commercial sector. At the start of the national championship on Friday, each eight-person team inherited an "operational" network for a mock online game hosting company. The teams were required to keep up with the operational needs of their business and their user demands while maintaining service level agreements for all of their critical Internet services. When they successfully completed business tasks and maintained services, the team earned points. When teams violated service level agreements, used recovery and restoration services, or when the team of government and industry cyber experts successfully penetrated a team's network, points were taken from their score.

At the end of the competition, the University of Central Florida team had earned the highest score and the right to take home the coveted Raytheon NCCDC Alamo Cup.

In addition to University of Central Florida's top finish, Rochester Institute of Technology placed second, and University of Alaska, Fairbanks placed third. The ten schools that competed at the championship were:

  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks, At Large Regional CCDC Winner
  • Towson University, Mid-Atlantic Regional Winner
  • Northern Kentucky University, Mid-West Regional Winner
  • Dakota State University, North Central Regional Winner
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, Northeast Regional Winner
  • Western Washington University, Pacific Rim Regional Winner
  • U.S. Air Force Academy, Rocky Mountain Regional Winner
  •  University of Central Florida, Southeast Regional Winner
  • Southern Methodist University, Southwest Regional Winner
  • University of California, Berkeley, Western Regional CCDC Winner

Sponsors of the Raytheon NCCDC include government agencies, colleges and commercial companies. As presenting sponsor, leading cyber provider Raytheon provided resources such as technical guidance and employee volunteers to support the national competition, as well as various regional competitions.

Additional sponsors at the national competition included:

  • Platinum sponsors: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – Science and Technology, Splunk and Walmart
  • National sponsors: Goldman Sachs, Strategic Cyber LLC, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), and the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR)
  • Gold sponsors: Boeing, FireEye, Guidance Software, Juniper Networks, and Microsoft
  • Silver sponsors: U.S. Air Force Reserve, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Hospital Corporation of America, Root9B, McAfee, and Trustwave
  • Other sponsors include: Akami, Amazon.com, Def-Logix, Exelis, Grantham University, Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), Synack, Tesla, and Wolfram Research

About UTSA

The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the fastest growing higher education institutions in Texas and one of nine academic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a multicultural institution, UTSA aims to be a national research university providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment. UTSA serves more than 30,000 students in 134 degree programs in the colleges of Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and Graduate School. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond. Learn more at www.utsa.edu and www.nationalccdc.org.

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company, with 2013 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 92 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.



Media Contact

Media Contact

Jason Kello

Kris Rodriguez

+1.571.250.1428  

+1.210.458.5116

[email protected] 

[email protected]



More than 180 colleges and universities and 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students participated in multiple tournament rounds -- including state, qualifiers and regionals -- that led up to this year's Raytheon National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140427/81073
Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140427/81074

SOURCE Raytheon Company

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Extracting business value from Internet of Things (IoT) data doesn’t happen overnight. There are several requirements that must be satisfied, including IoT device enablement, data analysis, real-time detection of complex events and automated orchestration of actions. Unfortunately, too many companies fall short in achieving their business goals by implementing incomplete solutions or not focusing on tangible use cases. In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products...
20th Cloud Expo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy.
Businesses and business units of all sizes can benefit from cloud computing, but many don't want the cost, performance and security concerns of public cloud nor the complexity of building their own private clouds. Today, some cloud vendors are using artificial intelligence (AI) to simplify cloud deployment and management. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Ajay Gulati, Co-founder and CEO of ZeroStack, will discuss how AI can simplify cloud operations. He will cover the following topics: why clou...
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to simplify and streamline our lives by automating routine tasks that distract us from our goals. This promise is based on the ubiquitous deployment of smart, connected devices that link everything from industrial control systems to automobiles to refrigerators. Unfortunately, comparatively few of the devices currently deployed have been developed with an eye toward security, and as the DDoS attacks of late October 2016 have demonstrated, this oversight can ...
Without a clear strategy for cost control and an architecture designed with cloud services in mind, costs and operational performance can quickly get out of control. To avoid multiple architectural redesigns requires extensive thought and planning. Boundary (now part of BMC) launched a new public-facing multi-tenant high resolution monitoring service on Amazon AWS two years ago, facing challenges and learning best practices in the early days of the new service. In his session at 19th Cloud Exp...
DevOps is being widely accepted (if not fully adopted) as essential in enterprise IT. But as Enterprise DevOps gains maturity, expands scope, and increases velocity, the need for data-driven decisions across teams becomes more acute. DevOps teams in any modern business must wrangle the ‘digital exhaust’ from the delivery toolchain, "pervasive" and "cognitive" computing, APIs and services, mobile devices and applications, the Internet of Things, and now even blockchain. In this power panel at @...
Kubernetes is a new and revolutionary open-sourced system for managing containers across multiple hosts in a cluster. Ansible is a simple IT automation tool for just about any requirement for reproducible environments. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, Patrick Galbraith, a principal engineer at HPE, discussed how to build a fully functional Kubernetes cluster on a number of virtual machines or bare-metal hosts. Also included will be a brief demonstration of running a Galera MyS...
Internet-of-Things discussions can end up either going down the consumer gadget rabbit hole or focused on the sort of data logging that industrial manufacturers have been doing forever. However, in fact, companies today are already using IoT data both to optimize their operational technology and to improve the experience of customer interactions in novel ways. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Gordon Haff, Red Hat Technology Evangelist, will share examples from a wide range of industries – includin...
"We build IoT infrastructure products - when you have to integrate different devices, different systems and cloud you have to build an application to do that but we eliminate the need to build an application. Our products can integrate any device, any system, any cloud regardless of protocol," explained Peter Jung, Chief Product Officer at Pulzze Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with 20th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry p...
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud taking place June 6-8, 2017, at Javits Center, New York City, is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long developm...
"We are an all-flash array storage provider but our focus has been on VM-aware storage specifically for virtualized applications," stated Dhiraj Sehgal of Tintri in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Between 2005 and 2020, data volumes will grow by a factor of 300 – enough data to stack CDs from the earth to the moon 162 times. This has come to be known as the ‘big data’ phenomenon. Unfortunately, traditional approaches to handling, storing and analyzing data aren’t adequate at this scale: they’re too costly, slow and physically cumbersome to keep up. Fortunately, in response a new breed of technology has emerged that is cheaper, faster and more scalable. Yet, in meeting these new needs they...
"We're a cybersecurity firm that specializes in engineering security solutions both at the software and hardware level. Security cannot be an after-the-fact afterthought, which is what it's become," stated Richard Blech, Chief Executive Officer at Secure Channels, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
When it comes to cloud computing, the ability to turn massive amounts of compute cores on and off on demand sounds attractive to IT staff, who need to manage peaks and valleys in user activity. With cloud bursting, the majority of the data can stay on premises while tapping into compute from public cloud providers, reducing risk and minimizing need to move large files. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Scott Jeschonek, Director of Product Management at Avere Systems, discussed the IT and busin...