2012-2013

WPI's Cyber-Defense Team Competes at NECCDC

Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s cyber-defense team is a group of undergraduate and graduate students who practice defending systems and networks from cyber-attacks.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s cyber-defense team is a group of undergraduate and graduate students who practice defending systems and networks from cyber-attacks. More than 30 students participate in training and practice sessions at WPI where local companies and agencies simulate attacking teams.

WPI’s competition team did a tremendous job at the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NECCDC) this year. NECCDC is a competition between universities to best defend an enterprise-level computer network from professional assailants. This year world-renown security professional Raphael Mudge, the author of the Armitage network penetration testing software was a member of the competition attack team. After only two years participating in the contest, WPI placed third out of fourteen teams beating out many highly competitive schools, including pervious national champion Northeastern University.

This year’s competition team included team captain Doran Smestad (Computer Science), co-captain Marc Green (Computer Science), Anish Athalye (Mass Academy student), Ryan Danas (Computer Science), Joshua Keller (Computer Science), Ian Naval (Computer Science), Henrique Polido (Computer Science and Mathematics), and Alex Thornton-Clark (Computer Science and Interactive Media & Game Development). Competition organizers commended WPI’s team dynamic, cooperation, and leadership skills. Worcester Polytechnic Institute would like to congratulate these students for their outstanding work.

More information about the NECCDC can be found at http://neccdc.net/. Students interested in joining next year's cyber security defense team can learn more about WPI’s competition team at http://cerebro.cs.wpi.edu/cdc/

April 9, 2013

 
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