JS student headed to national collegiate cyber defense competition
ROCHESTER, NY — A team of Rochester Institute of Technology cybersecurity students, including Connor Shade of Jersey Shore, is heading to the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC) after taking first place at the regional competition March 15-17.
Ten teams competed in the event hosted in Burlington, Vt. Northeastern University placed second and Champlain College placed third.
The win gives RIT an automatic berth to the 2019 national competition (NCCDC), held April 23-25 in Orlando.
The annual event is part of the nation’s largest college-level cyber defense competition, an extracurricular event that helps to train the next generation of cybersecurity experts. The competition gives student teams the opportunity to assume responsibility for the information technology operations of a simulated organization, allowing them to apply cyber defense skills in a real-world scenario.
For the competition, a group of industry professionals from government and companies-called the red team-is assigned to break into computer networks to exploit information from a mock company. Teams of students are “hired” by the company to prevent that information theft from occurring.
At the event, students also had the opportunity to network with professionals who are currently working in the cybersecurity field.
The RIT student team is made up of captain Brandon Adler, a fourth-year BS/MS computing security student from Pittsford, N.Y.; assistant captain Russell Babarsky, a fourth-year computing security student from Fairview, Pa.; Phillip Babey, a first-year computing security student from Newark Valley, N.Y.; Amanda Brown, a second-year computing security student from Wyalusing, Pa.; Robert Gray, a second-year computing security student from Canandaigua, N.Y.; Sean Newman, a third-year computing security student from Fairfax, Va.; Connor Shade, a third-year computing security student from Jersey Shore, ; Duc Phan, a third-year computing security student from Vietnam; Simon Buchheit, a second-year computing security student from Marysville, Ohio; and Jack McKenna, a first-year computing security student from Saint Paul, Minn.
Nine more regional winners will be determined before the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in April. For more information, go to nationalccdc.org.
Rochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls about 19,000 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S.
The university is internationally recognized and ranked for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. RIT also offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. Global partnerships include campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo.