KSU Cyber Defense team wins regional competition

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (March 20‚ 2007) — Defense is their game‚ and they’re good at it….

Georgia (Mar 20, 2007) — KSU Cyber Defense team wins regional competition

Bethany Nall


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KENNESAW‚ Ga. (March 20‚ 2007) — Defense is their game‚ and they’re good at it. Cyber defense‚ that is. The Kennesaw State Cyber Defense team finished first place in the 2007 Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition held March 9−11 at the University of North Carolina.

The CCDC is a unique competition focusing on the operational aspect of managing and protecting an existing network infrastructure. The nine teams were graded on their ability to detect and respond to outside threats; maintain availability of existing services‚ such as mail servers and web servers; respond to business requests‚ such as the addition or removal of additional services; and balance security needs against business needs during the three−day assessment.

“We are extremely proud of the team’s professionalism‚ remaining calm and collected in the face of overwhelming odds‚” said Michael Whitman‚ the team’s faculty sponsor and director of the Center for Information Security Education. “These students have worked extremely hard‚ and the results show it.”

The next stop for KSU’s team will be San Antonio‚ Texas‚ where they will compete against other regional winners in the national competition April 13−15.

KSU’s winning team members are Erik Olson‚ Chris Pawlukowsky‚ Mark Stephens‚ Mehul Patel‚ Mike Horsley‚ Lofton Newton and Brittany Adkins.

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A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate in education.



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