CIS students integral to CCDC success

For the second year in a row, The University of Tulsa won the Southwest Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition and competed for the national title in Texas.

At the regional event, hosted on TU’s campus March 17-19, the university’s computer science and computer information systems students competed against seven other teams from five states in a marathon of cyber defense operations. Participants were challenged to protect business systems from outside hackers using their managing, configuration and security network skills. Students created and defended applications such as email servers, websites and Wi-Fi hotspots.

The addition of CIS teammates Ashley Etter and Jenna Waters, both seniors, proved invaluable for writing policies, talking to “management” and giving presentations.

“Our involvement in the competition started when we were invited to help the team with policy write-ups, memos and being able to communicate and facilitate policies for the team,” Waters said. “That’s a big part of the competition, and a lot of points are accrued that way. It’s an area where the team felt it was weak last year.”

Waters says the skills required for CCDC events are ideal for managing fast-paced careers. “It’s really intense, so it’s definitely an experience students can use when they find employment somewhere or get a doctorate to do research,” she said.

TU’s team finished second at the national competition held April 13-15 in San Antonio, Texas.

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