Pitt Team Reaches Regional Round of Cyber Defense Competition

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The University of Pittsburgh Cyber Competitions team competed against collegiate teams across the nation in the regional final of the 2021 Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

The team, which consists of four Pitt students, placed 4th out of 25 teams in the Mid-Atlantic region of late February’s qualifying round. There, competing teams were assigned identical environments simulating the assets of a data science-focused group dealing with the pandemic. The teams were tasked to ensure that pandemic-related data from state departments of health were accurate and delivered quickly.

While each competing team was playing as a blue team (system defender), there was a red team (nationally recognized red team members and penetration testers) aiming to impede business continuity and take down the blue team’s services.

The team members are David Ayodele, master’s student in the School of Computing and Information (SCI); Jackson Frank, undergraduate in SCI; Quinnan Gill, undergraduate in the Swanson School of Engineering; and Simon Kioko, undergraduate in SCI. Their faculty advisor is Ahmed Ibrahim, assistant professor in the Department of Informatics and Networked Systems.