On Saturday, October 1, five computer science majors (Ari Bornstein, captain; Avery Erwin-McGuire, alternate captain; Owen Lehmer; Tony Huckestein; and Anna Bialek) competed against other Maryland college teams in the second round of the inaugural Maryland Cyber Challenge Competition, hosted by UMBC. The team’s task in this round was to perform a “crime scene” forensic analysis of a computer that had been compromised, determining what had happened to the computer, who had mounted the attack against the computer, and what the attackers had done once they had circumvented the computer’s defenses. In addition, the team had to solve several “challenge” problems by finding and decrypting the scrambled contents of several files on the computer.
Goucher’s team is one of eight that has advanced to the final round, to be held at the Baltimore Convention Center on October 22 during the MDC3 Conference. The team will be competing against teams from Capitol College, UMBC, University of Maryland, Towson University, and University of Maryland University College in a “capture-the-flag” competition in which the team will attempt to infiltrate a target system, plant a virtual “flag” and perform remote system forensics to identify system artifacts confirming a successful infiltration.
The National Security Agency is providing $86,000 in scholarship money to help promote the competition. Each member of the winning team will receive $5,000 in scholarship money, while members of the second place team will each receive $2,000 in scholarship money. Members of the winning team will also have internship and full-time job opportunities with SAIC.
MDC3 Cyber Challenge Competition: http://www.mdc3.org/challenge.html
NSA Kicks in Scholarship Funds to Boost Cyber Challenge: http://www.federalnewsradio.com/?nid=239&sid=2580724
Tomorrow’s Cyberdefenders: http://mdmorn.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/923111/