UMUC Cybersecurity Team Wins North American CyberLympics

September 11, 2012

The UMUC Cyber Padawans—a team of undergraduate cybersecurity students, alumni and faculty—took first place in the North American CyberLympics finals, held online Sept. 4, 2012. The win qualifies the Cyber Padawans to represent North America at the Global CyberLympics on Oct. 29, 2012, in Miami, Florida.  

Through three rounds of competition that began on Aug. 8, the Cyber Padawans topped a field of almost 80 teams, some from other colleges and universities and others composed of professionals working in the field. The EC Council (the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants) sponsored the event and announced the final results on Sept. 10.

Representing the Cyber Padawans in the competition were UMUC students John Arneson, Armando Quintananieves, and Matt Matchen; UMUC alumnus Chris Kuehl; and UMUC faculty members Jeff Tjiputra and Robert Murphy. 

The Cyber Padawans are now focused on preparing for the Global CyberLympics, which will coincide with the Hacker Halted Conference in late October. The top two teams from each continent, narrowed from nearly 200 teams, have advanced to the global level. The Cyber Padawans will compete for the title of world champions against teams from Australia, Brazil, Hungary, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Sudan and one other team from the U.S.

UMUC students Benjamin Heise and Justin Wray, who have competed with the Cyber Padawans in past competitions, represented their employer, ICF International, in this competition. Last year, Team ICF won the North American competition and went on to place second at the Global CyberLympics. This year, Team ICF advanced to round three but did not advance to the global level.

UMUC students interested in joining the Cyber Padawans should e-mail jeff.tjiputra@umuc.edu.

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