University of Virginia Defends National Cyber Title

Orlando, FL (USA), May 2019 - University of Virginia prevailed over nine other finalist teams to win the 2019 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition and its coveted Alamo Cup. The championship was held in Orlando, 23-25 April, and featured the national competition's top ten college and university teams. The winning team successfully protected the network of a fictional agriculture firm specializing in cryopreservation, crop research and development, and sustainable farming. The fictional company sustained multiple attacks orchestrated by ethical hackers using the same tactics and techniques as real-world bad actors.

"NCCDC's systematic, professional approach to this competition and the use of real-world business scenarios helps attract the talent that will fill the 3.5 million cyber job vacancies we will see by 2021," said John DeSimone, vice president of Cybersecurity and Special Missions at Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. "Congratulations to the University of Virginia and all NCCDC competitors. We encourage them to continue their pursuit of cybersecurity excellence."

More than 235 colleges and universities competed to test their cybersecurity prowess. Regional competitions comprised of multiple stages and a single-elimination round reduced the field to ten finalists for the national championship. NCCDC was the first to test cyber defense skills in a collegiate competition modeled after real-world attack scenarios. Seeing the practical applications of cyber defense skills encourages more students to pursue cybersecurity careers.

"Everyone recognizes the need to find and train more cyber professionals," said Dwayne Williams, director of the NCCDC, CIAS/UTSA. "The NCCDC program brings academia, government, and industry together in a unique way to address that need."

Behind University of Virginia, University of Central Florida placed second, and Rochester Institute of Technology placed third. The ten schools that competed at the championship include

  • Baldwin Wallace University, Midwest Regional Winner
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, Northeast Regional Winner
  • Stanford University, Western Regional Winner
  • University of Alaska, Anchorage, At-Large Regional Winner
  • University of Tulsa, Southwest Regional Winner
  • University of Washington, Seattle, Pacific Rim Regional Winner
  • Utah Valley University, Rocky Mountain Regional Winner
  • Dakota State University, North Central Regional Winner
  • University of Virginia, Mid-Atlantic Regional Winner
  • University of Central Florida, Southeast Regional Winner

Sponsors of NCCDC include government agencies, colleges, and commercial companies. Raytheon will bring the winning team to Washington, D.C. to some of the nation's top research and national cybersecurity sites.