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UMUC team to compete in global cybersecurity contest

A team from the University of Maryland University College is heading to Barcelona to represent North America in the Global CyberLympics competition later this month.

CyberLympics is an “ethical hacking,” computer network defense and digital forensics competition.

The Cyber Padawans, a group of cybersecurity students, faculty and alumni from UMUC, won each of the three rounds of the North American regional competition, putting them in first place and qualifying them for the global championship round on Sept 29.

“We had a great time coming together at the UMUC Cyber Padawans laboratory, where we got to compete and try our hands in a very challenging environment that was full of surprises,” said Cyber Padawans member Ben Heise. “I always learn something new from my teammates, each of whom have grown and developed an extensive skillset. We are all very much looking forward to representing UMUC in Barcelona.”

This is actually the second time UMUC has made it to the global championship. In 2012, the Cyber Padawans (including five members of this year’s squad) placed second out of eight teams from around the world.

The Cyber Padawans also won the collegiate and professional division of the Maryland Cyber Challenge last year.

UMUC enrolls more than 5,000 students in cybersecurity-related bachelor’s and master’s programs. More than 80 students compete in at least one cybersecurity competition throughout the year, UMUC officials said.

The goal of CyberLympics, which is put on by the EC-Council Foundation with support form the Geneva-based International Telecommunications Union, is to raise awareness of information security and enhance education in that field.

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