Cyber Defense Competition Brings the Brightest to Colorado

February 24, 2014

Sit up and take note corporate America! Companies like Target and Marriott who are living in the aftermath of massive security breaches could learn a few things from students who are in Colorado to strut their stuff at the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

WHEN:                    Friday, February 28, 2014     8 am – 5 pm

WHERE:                  Regis University – DTC Campus

6380 South Fiddlers Green Circle, Suite 200
Greenwood Village, CO

The brightest cyber defense minds from Colorado and surrounding states will test their knowledge and skills as they work to protect their information systems from evil doers.  Regis University is hosting the event and has a team from the University’s Cyber Security Program hoping to win and claim bragging rights as the best defenders of information in the cyber universe.  The winning team will receive an all-expense paid trip to Nationals competing against the other regional winners.

The competition? Students from Regis University, CU, CSU, the US Air Force Academy, Ft. Hays State University, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Nebraska Omaha will enter the cyber tech ring hoping to put up the strongest fight against evil doers determined to hack into their systems.

Some of the tech industry’s most seasoned cyber security experts are part of the game and will throw problem after problem at the students during the intensive two- day competition that tests their abilities to manage and protect a simulated, virtual webhosting company.

This type of education is called Competition Based Learning and provides unique opportunities for students to interact with industry experts and other students in a competitive operational arena. Educators emphasize collective learning, practical and realistic experience, and team work practices. Regis University is ranked in the Top 20 by US News and World Report for Best Online Information Technology Programs. 

Media Notes:

  • Industry experts from Regis University, Jonathan Trull with the State of Colorado, CISO and Colonel Greg Miller with the Colorado National Guard will be available.  Sponsors included: Coalfire, Raytheon, DHS, Lewan, SPAWAR, Cablelabs, Cobalt Strike, ISSA and ISACA.
  • Media injects have been built into the competition to allow reporters an opportunity to talk with students about their experiences during the competition.
  • Visuals – Stressed and focused students; team collaboration; room full of evil doers; server rooms with hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment,  flashing lights, buttons.

INFOGRAPHIC / Web Information:

Top 5 Recommendations from Regis University Experts on Protecting Personal Privacy Online

  1. Use strong passwords.
  2. Be knowledgeable about phishing and spear phishing attacks.
  3. Update your anti-virus and system update software.
  4. Use credit cards, not debit cards for online payment.
  5. Secure portable smart devices e.g. Bluetooth and wireless connections, encrypt when possible.
  6. Learn about cyberbullying:  Don’t challenge, don’t fight, talk to a trusted adult, don’t bully, watch out for the other person, learn to block bullies, don’t use apps that allow cyberbullying.

Related links:

National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

Regis University is committed to academic excellence, personal development and community engagement. Since 1877 and inspired by its Jesuit Catholic heritage, Regis continues to provide values-based education at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. To learn more about Regis University, please visit www.regis.edu.