Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cyber Defense, UNK and Nationals

The regional champions from UNK have returned from competing at Nationals.

UNK was the smallest and newest team to the competition. Our INT majors and minors battled against perennial powerhouses and some of the most experienced cyber security experts in the nation. Although we did not finish in the top 3 in our first year, the students competed with as much class and tenacity as any team has ever displayed on this national stage. Over and over again, comments were given on the positive attitude and business professionalism displayed by our University. This is a priority for our CBT/ITEC program.

We didn’t win, but I am very proud that we were able to help put UNK on the national IT map for cyber security and that we held our own against much larger schools. I am excited to start building and coaching next year’s team.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions about our Information Networking & Telecommunications (INT) program, cyber security (a core component of the INT curriculum), or our involvement in the NCCDC competition.

As one of the students said, "Hey, coach. We're coming back next year. We will be back." Yes, we will. This is only the beginning.

Article from USA Today

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Going to National CCDC, Cyber Defense at UNK Information Networking & Telecom

So, the security student team won regional CCDC. Woot! I provided moral support and acted as coach. I was very proud of the guys.

Then, I got contacted by a national rep and realized that we really do get an all-expense paid trip through NCCDC to San Antonio, TX. This is a big deal. This not only validates how important the IT programs are at UNK including networking and telecom, computer science, information technology, multimedia and management information systems, but validates the students' hard work both in and out of the classroom in preparation for regionals.

Now, prep begins again as we try and fit in as many scenarios and team building exercises as possible before April 24th.

Official press release: http://unknews.unk.edu/