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Akamai Participating in Cyber-Defense Competition

Akamai InfoSec personnel will be on hand this weekend to help run the seventh Annual Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, in which students are divided into teams to carry out simulated cyber-defense scenarios.

Here's how the simulations are described in the event packet:

Each team -- along with a new "CIO" -- has been hired to take over IT operations for the fictional company EnV research Inc. The competition packet describes the following scenario: "At the request of major stake holders, including the Department of Energy, the previous IT team was let go after confidential and proprietary EnV research documents surfaced online. As the new IT department, you will be tasked with securing the EnV network, while maintaining business operations."

NECCDC is the regional qualifier for the national Collegiate Cyber-Defense Competition (CCDC). The northeast region represents institutions in the states of New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
The NECCDC will select one winner and one alternate to represent the region in this year's CCDC in San Antonio, Texas, April 19-21.

The NECCDC event will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Kingsbury Hall at the University of New Hampshire.

Folks from Akamai will be part of "White Team," serving as judges and providing oversight for the competition. As such, they will help ensure the competition is fair for all participants, answering questions as they arise and scoring challenges assigned to the Blue Teams.