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UF Cyber Defense Team Competing in Southeast Region Hacking Competition

For the third time in three years, the University of Florida Student InfoSec Team (UF SIT) has been one of seven teams whose high performance has qualified them to compete in the Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (SECCDC) regional competition. The cyber defense competition - in which a group of students must defend a computer network from persistent attacks from professional hacking experts - will be held on April 2-3 in Kennesaw, Georgia.

In February, twelve members represented UF in the remote competition: Shawn Newsome, Scott Miller, Vijay Prakash, Claire Seiler, Ben Simon, Terry Thibault, Anton Valdez, and John Woodman – along with alternating members and nonparticipating representatives Nicholas Barnes, Sydney Achinger, Daniel Chalco, and Madeline Farina. Together, they participated in the four-hour preliminary qualification competition. After achieving one of the highest scores, the team continued their unbroken qualifying streak, and were invited to move to the next round – the onsite regional competition.

Joseph N. Wilson, Ph.D.is the faculty advisor for the InfoSec Team, and an associate professor at UF’s Computer & Information Science & Engineering department.

Last year, UFSIT won third place in the southeast onsite competition.