Towson University won the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition for the third time in the last four years. The Towson team, comprising eight students, worked for two days to defend a network of computers from attacks while keeping their systems running and responding to user and management needs.
This year’s competition scenario focused on the idea that a major blizzard had impacted the entire State of Maryland, prompting declarations of emergency and the mobilization of the Maryland National Guard.
Students acted as the IT staff for local field operations in support of the guard, and their tasks were to set up and maintain secure communications at remote field stations. They were also responsible for managing network infrastructure, tracking volunteers, equipment and supplies as they moved to aid the victims.