Delaware Tech team wins cyber security ‘Capture the Flag’ competition

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A team of Delaware Tech students won a Capture-the-Flag competition at the U.S. Cyber Challenge’s Delaware camp, recognizing them as some of the nation’s top security talent. Pictured (from left) are: Governor John Carney; Jerrod Bates, Delaware Tech information security instructor; Delaware Tech students Krystian Bates, Hannah Tattan, Hannah Curran, and Alex Reuben; U.S. Cyber Challenge National Director Karen S. Evans; and U.S. Senator Tom Carper. Photo by Doug Baker/University of Delaware.

Delaware Tech students Krystian Bates, Hannah Curran, Alex Reuben and Hannah Tattan capped off an intense week of information security learning and application at the U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) camp in Delaware by winning a July 21 Capture-the-Flag competition, which recognizes the nation’s top security talent.

Attendees to the invitation-only camp, which was held on the University of Delaware campus, were selected based in part on their scores from Cyber Quests, an online competition offered through USCC in April that drew hundreds of competitors nationally. The event was conducted in collaboration with Delaware Tech, University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Wilmington University, and the Delaware Department of Technology and Information.

The 2017 Cyber Summer Camp Series features three week-long camps located in Delaware, Illinois and Utah. The camps are an integral part of the USCC mission to identify and develop cybersecurity talent in order to reduce the nation’s cybersecurity workforce gap. Participants are encouraged to continue developing their skills and network with like-minded individuals by becoming active members in CyberCompEx.org, an online community specifically geared toward cybersecurity enthusiasts.

An award ceremony followed the Capture-the-Flag competition and included words from Delaware Governor John Carney, Senator Tom Carper, State of Delaware CSO Elayne Starkey, U.S. Cyber Challenge national director Karen S. Evans, Dr. Chase Cotton of the University of Delaware, and video remarks from Senator Chris Coons and Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester.

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