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UTSA Cyber Defense Competition team
UTSA Cyber Defense Competition team

UTSA wins regional cyber defense competition

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(March 23, 2006)--While some students spent their spring break enjoying outdoor activities, seven members of UTSA's Cyber Defense Competition team honed their skills indoors, capturing first place at the second annual Southwest Regional Cyber Defense Competition over the weekend in Corpus Christi.

The UTSA team hopes to claim the national title when they take on five other regional winners at the first-ever National Cyber Defense Competition April 21-23 in San Antonio at the Airport Hilton hotel.

The UTSA team took first place while host Del Mar College of Corpus Christi finished second. Competitors included the University of North Texas and Texas A&M University. The competition featured four teams that were scored on their ability to operate and maintain a business network while under hostile cyber attack.

"We were disappointed in our placement in last year's competition so we examined the flaws in our approach and decided on a new plan of attack," said Gabriel Cornyn, UTSA cyber defense team member. "Sometimes, we spent more than five hours a day in the testing lab during the two months preceding the event, so we would have a well organized and knowledgeable team."

"It was a stressful event and the competition was tough, but we made it and we're definitely looking forward to nationals," said Ashley Price, UTSA cyber defense team member. "We have a good team and we'll make UTSA proud."

UTSA's cyber defense team members included Dylan Kulesza, Ashley Price, Andrew Benson, Jacob Hammack, Jacob Silva, Gabriel Cornyn and John Pandzik.

In April, UTSA's CIAS hosts the first National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition featuring winning teams from the 2006 Collegiate Cyber Defense Regional Competitions. The competitions are this month in the Midwest, Southeast, Southwest and Mid-Atlantic regions and an additional site involving all five U.S. service academies.

The regional competitions were modeled after last year's first Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition hosted by CIAS. The event featured teams from the University of Texas at Austin, UTSA, Texas A&M University, University of North Texas and Del Mar College.

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