HCC advances to CCDC regional finals

(Release: February 7, 2011) - Hagerstown Community College students in the networking technology program have advanced to the regional finals of the 6th CyberWatch Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC).
“Advancing to the qualifying round of the Mid-Atlantic CCDC marks the progression of our networking technology curriculum,” said Margaret Spivey, director of technology and computer studies at HCC. “Students successfully demonstrated their skills on the operational aspects of managing and protecting an existing network infrastructure. This valuable experience provides an exceptional avenue of learning for our students and gives further recognition to the quality of our program.”

HCC is one of eight schools that has been narrowed from an initial field of 23 colleges and universities within the Mid-Atlantic region. The other schools to qualify for the regional finals are Craven Community College, Capitol College, Forsyth Technical Community College, George Washington University, James Madison University, Wilmington University, and the University of Maryland. These eight schools will now move on to the regional finals to be held March 10 through 12 at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. From there, one Mid-Atlantic school will be chosen to participate in the Deloitte sponsored National CCDC in San Antonio, Tx., in April.

The CCDC provides hands-on application of information assurance skills to enhance students’ understanding of both theory and practice. In the competition, HCC students had to use their skills to defend their network against a cyber attack from a team from another school that was charged with conducting offensive operations. This experiential education increases the knowledge and expertise of future professionals who may be in positions to contribute to the secure design and operation of critical information and its supporting infrastructure.

HCC is a member of CyberWatch, a consortium of over 40 higher education institutions, businesses, and government agencies. This affiliation allows HCC to share best practices, methodologies, curricula, and course materials, as well as to receive training and support for its students and faculty. HCC was also recently recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence by the National Security Agency.

To learn more about the CCDC, visit www.midatlanticccdc.org. For more information on HCC’s cybersecurity initiatives, contact Margaret Spivey, director of technology and computer studies, at 301-790-2800, ext. 402, or mcspivey@hagerstowncc.edu.