WPI undergraduates place third in final round of NCCD competition
The mission of the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) system is to provide institutions with an information assurance or computer security curriculum a controlled, competitive environment to assess their student's depth of understanding and operational competency in managing the challenges inherent in protecting a corporate network infrastructure and business information systems.
CCDC competitions ask student teams to assume administrative and protective duties for an existing "commercial" network -- typically a small company with 50+ users, 7 to 10 servers, and common Internet services such as a web server, mail server, and e-commerce site. Each team begins the competition with an identical set of hardware and software and is scored on their ability to detect and respond to outside threats, maintain availability of existing services such as mail servers and web servers, respond to business requests such as the addition or removal of additional services, and balance security needs against business needs. Throughout the competition an automated scoring engine is used to verify the functionality and availability of each team's services on a periodic basis and traffic generators continuously feed simulated user traffic into the competition network. A volunteer red team provides the "external threat" all Internet-based services face and allows the teams to match their defensive skills against live opponents.
In the final round of the 2014 Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, a team of WPI undergraduate students were awarded third place.
Other teams participating in the regional contest included teams from: Alfred State University, University Buffalo, University Maine, University New Hampshire, Northeastern University, Pace University, Stevens Institute of Technology, SUNY Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, UMass Boston, UMass Lowell, and the US Military Academy in West Point.
The WPI team was captained by Doran Smestad (CS) and included Josh Graff (RBE), Josh Hebert (CS), Matthew Heon (CS), Ivan Melnikov (CS, Math), Dolan Murvihill (CS), Ian Naval (CS), and Henrique Polido (CS, Math).