The UCF Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition Team finished 2nd in the 2018 National Cyber Defense Competition held April 13-15, 2018 at Disney's Coronado Springs Convention Center. UCF represented the Southeast US and competed with the winning teams from the other 9 regions for the National Championship title. During the competition, each team assumes administrative and protective duties for an existing "commercial" network - typically a small company with 100+ users, 15 to 20 servers, and common Internet services such as a web server, mail server, and e-commerce sites. Each team begins the competition with an identical set of hardware and software and is scored on their ability to detect and respond to outside threats, maintain availability of existing services such as mail servers and web servers, respond to business requests such as the addition or removal of additional services, and balance security needs against business needs. Throughout the competition an automated scoring engine is used to verify the functionality and availability of each team's services on a periodic basis and traffic generators continuously feed simulated user traffic into the competition network. A volunteer red team provides the "external threat" all Internet-based services face and allows the teams to match their defensive skills against live opponents. While the team scores are tabulated at the conclusion of the defense competition, the student teams unwind by playing Cyber Panoply, an offense-based cyber competition. UCF's CCDC team finished 1st in the Cyber Panoply competition this year.
2018 Team Members (L to R): JR Duncan, Michael Roberts, Alex Cote, Charlton Trezevant, Martin Roberts, Matthew St. Hubin, Zachary Crandall, Dr. Tom Nedorost, Peter Steffey, Ryan Meinke, Peyton Duncan, David Maria, Christian Campana-Emard