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UMGC's Award-Winning Cyber Team Takes Second and Third Place Honors in Day-Long Capture the Flag Competition

Alex Kasten
By Alex Kasten

The UMGC Cyber Padawans continue their winning ways by taking second and third place honors in a day-long Capture the Flag competition held at Top Golf Loudoun in Ashburn, Virginia on April 1.

The day-long, 16-team event, was sponsored by The Hackerground, a provider of penetration testing tools, and White Hat Academy, a training organization that focuses on PPC, digital marketing and SEO. It was a professional, “Jeopardy”-style competition, open to students and those working in the field. Question categories covered web application exploits, binaries and reverse engineering, password cracking, cryptography, and wireless.

Members of UMGC’s Cyber Padawans teams included: UMGC alumni Daniel Coyne, Matt Matchen, and Jake Truhlar; full-time student Abel Rezene; part-time students Casey Sampson and Josh Nelbach; and faculty member Nischit Vaidya.

The University of Maryland Global Campus cyber security competition team is a powerful force in cyber challenges around the world. The team includes students, alumni and faculty, with members studying in a variety of cyber security and IT programs at UMGC.

To learn more about the Padawans and their accomplishments, visit the team website.