Ten university finalists have been selected for the 2018 National Cyber Analyst Challenge (NCAC), a competition that supports the best students currently pursuing cyber-related degrees in the top programs in the nation. Powered by NBCUniversal, Vanguard, Leidos, and Pfizer, the competition is administered annually by Temple University’s Institute for Business and Information Technology.
The top 10 teams that were selected by an industry panel, passed Phase 1, and will advance to Phase 2 advanced cyber training to compete in Phase 3 finals (April 12-13) at Temple University in Philadelphia. The top 10 teams (in alphabetical order) are Brigham Young University, Carnegie Mellon University, Howard University, Iowa State University, Pennsylvania State University, Syracuse University, University of Alabama at Huntsville, University of Maryland University College, University of New Haven, and Villanova University.
Each university will receive an award of $5,000 to $10,000 to support student, faculty, and curriculum development. The winning team to be selected by a panel of industry experts will receive $20,000.
Now in its third year, the pioneering interdisciplinary competition includes undergraduate and graduate students studying information systems, computer science, and engineering. It encourages the development of strategic skills involving analysis, threat identification, and mitigation planning.