UVU’s Cybersecurity Team Wins Again!

UVU’s cybersecurity team finished in first place at the National Information Assurance Training and Education Center’s Invitational Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition at Idaho State University on November 10, 2018. 

The grueling competition pitted 15 teams from eight institutions against a team of skilled cyber attackers. The student teams had to defend the network from the attackers while continuing to maintain business operations over the course of eight hours.

“At the end of the day, we were the only team to still have full control of all systems, which is pretty unheard of,” said Austin Larsen, President of UVU’s Cybersecurity Club. “It was pretty cool to dominate the way we did.”

UVU’s team finished in front of 14 other teams. BYU finished second with LDS Business College coming in third.

This is the second year UVU has won first place at this competition. The next major competition for the team will be during spring semester where they will travel to Denver to defend their title at the Rocky Mountain Invitational Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition and vie for a slot in the national competition in Orlando.

“I could not be more impressed with the work ethic and talent displayed by this UVU team,” said Robert Jorgensen, UVU’s Cybersecurity Program Director. “We offer the state’s only face to face Masters Degree in Cybersecurity and the quality of our students certainly proves we are doing it the right way.”

Team members included, Alex Reyneke, Jacob Swenson, Austin Larsen, Jonathan Pratt, Kyle Baker, Chriss Hansen, Ryan Fisk, and Jake Lattuga.

For more inforomation, visit UVU’s Cybersecurity program.