A cyber competition powered by Leidos and administered by Temple University’s Institute for Business and Information Technology (IBIT) to fill the ever-growing need for cyber analysts has a winner. The team from Carnegie Mellon University was awarded $25,000 as the winner of the second National Cyber Analyst Challenge.
Developed to enhance the skills of the future workforce and inspire students to pursue careers in cyber security, the National Cyber Analyst Challenge focuses on developing strategic skills involving analysis and threat identification.
Our nation and our very way of life is under constant attack in cyberspace, said Chris Kearns, senior vice president of enterprise and cyber solutions at Leidos.
These talented students demonstrated amazing skill to connect the dots in this real-world scenario to defend our critical digital infrastructure.
A panel of industry experts scored the team from Carnegie Mellon University highest in technical proficiency, judgment, and communication. The three-month, multi-phased competition started with each team analyzing a cyber case. In the second phase, the teams received training from industry experts. The competition culminated in a real-time practical challenge with advanced cyber training held Oct. 27-28 at Leidos’ headquarters in Reston, Va.
Teams from 10 universities (in alphabetical order) – Carnegie Mellon University, Howard University, Iowa State University, Penn State University, Syracuse University, Temple University, University of Maryland, University of South Florida, University of Texas at San Antonio, and Villanova University – made it past Phase I in September. Each team received a significant award of $6,000-$12,000 to support student, faculty, and curriculum development.
It was gratifying to work with Leidos to create a student- and faculty-centric opportunity, said Dr. Munir Mandviwalla, Executive Director of Temple’s IBIT, who worked with Laurel Miller, Director, to envision the competition. The challenge and conference brought together the nation’s top cyber educational programs in management information systems, computer science, and engineering. Interdisciplinary engagement is the most effective way to solve the nation’s cyber talent crisis because it can produce industry-relevant students and knowledge.
The NCAC conference also provided a unique opportunities for meaningful dialogue between academic, industry, research, and education experts, added Mandviwalla.
One outcome from the conference is the identification of a set of strategies to enhance cyber education and research through data centric collaboration between industry and academia.
Ten university finalists have been selected for the 2016 National Cyber Analyst Challenge (NCAC), a competition that supports top students currently pursuing cyber-related degrees in the nation’s leading programs. Powered by Leidos and administered by Temple University’s Institute for Business and Information Technology (IBIT), the competition will send 10 teams to Phase 2 advanced cyber training and the subsequent Phase 3 finals in Reston, Va., Oct. 27-28.
The finalists (in alphabetical order) are: Carnegie Mellon University, Howard University, Iowa State University, Penn State University, Syracuse University, Temple University, University of Maryland University College, University of South Florida, University of Texas at San Antonio, and Villanova University. Each team will receive an award of $6,000 to $12,000 to support student, faculty, and curriculum development. The winning team will be selected by a panel of industry experts and will receive $25,000.
In its second year, the Cyber Analyst Challenge is a pioneering interdisciplinary competition that includes undergraduate and master’s students studying information systems, computer science, and engineering, and encourages the development of strategic skills involving analysis, threat identification, and mitigation planning.
“The demand for cyber professionals with analytical mindsets and strong fundamental skills grows every year and our customers need more students to enter the field and help defend our nation in cyber space,” said Chris Kearns, Leidos Senior Vice President of Enterprise IT Solutions.
The three-month, multi-phase competition aims to inspire today’s technologically literate students to pursue careers in cyber security. Participating universities field teams of four to five students, and a faculty advisor, to analyze a data set. The data set provides the context to a fictitious cyber incident. For Phase I each team submitted a C-level presentation to analyze the incident and provide recommendations.
New in 2016, the associated NCAC conference will engage faculty and industry experts on cyber risk analysis, threat identification, remediation, and communication. Presenters will discuss cyber research and curriculum challenges and opportunities including macroeconomic, policy, legal, and digital perspectives, as well as curriculum best practices – targeted toward schools interested in expanding their cyber programs. The conference will also include advanced cyber topics – tutorial style short presentations on leading edge cyber topics.
“It was gratifying to work with Leidos to create such a student- and faculty-centric opportunity,” said Dr. Munir Mandviwalla, IBIT’s Executive Director and the Chair of Management Information Systems at Temple University’s Fox School of Business. “We hope to increase the cyber talent pool and knowledge base across the nation’s top programs in Management Information Systems, Computer Science, and Engineering.”
Good news! NCAC is coming back in 2016. Stay tuned for news about the 2016 Cyber Analyst Challenge!
A cyber competition created by Lockheed Martin and Temple University’s Institute for Business and Information Technology (IBIT) to fill the ever-growing need for cyber analysts has a winner. A student team from Iowa State University was awarded $25,000 as the winner of the first National Cyber Analyst Challenge.
The National Cyber Analyst Challenge was developed to enhance the skills of the future workforce and to inspire students to pursue careers in cyber security, with a focus on developing strategic skills involving analysis and threat identification.
Learn more about the results at: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/iowa-state-university-wins-national-cyber-analyst-challenge-300175803.html
Learn more about the National Cyber Analyst Challenge: http://cyberanalystchallenge.org/
Eleven of the top universities in the nation have been selected to participate in Phase I of the National Cyber Analyst Challenge. The universities are listed below:
- Carnegie Mellon University
- Howard University
- Iowa State University
- Penn State University
- Temple University
- University of Maryland
- University of Alabama Huntsville
- University of Arizona
- University of Central Florida
- University of New Hampshire
- Western Washington University
Each university will field a team of 4-5 students and a faculty advisor to analyze a data set. This data set provides the context to a fictitious cyber incident. For Phase I each team will submit a presentation that analyzes the incident and provides recommendations.
Registration for the National Cyber Analyst Challenge is now open. The last date to register is August 7, 2015. The Challenge is open to teams of students enrolled in US universities. Each university must decide to participate and field a student team and a faculty advisor. To learn more, please view:
PHILADELPHIA, June 29, 2015 Temple University’s Institute for Business and Information Technology (IBIT) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) are joining forces to help solve the cyber talent crisis that faces the country. This fall they will host a National Cyber Analyst Challenge designed to encourage and support the best students currently pursuing cyber related degrees in the top cyber programs in the nation.
Between seven and 10 schools with appropriate programs will select and field a team of top students (undergraduate or master’s studying information systems, computer science or engineering) to participate in the three-phase competition. First, each team will analyze and propose solutions to a cyber case. The second phase is a full day of virtual training. The finals, a real-time practical challenge, will be held in Washington, D.C. in October.
Each school that joins the contest will receive $15,000 to support students, faculty and travel. The winning team will be awarded up to $25,000.
The Cyber Analyst Challenge was created to respond to strong needs in the industry.
According to SimplyHired.com, in April 2015 there were 26,980 open cyber-security related positions. The need in these positions is less for operators and more for analysts. As threats multiply and diversify, intelligence analysis and identification is becoming critical, rather than secondary to the ability to configure or code secure servers. Yet, the job seekers in the talent pipeline find it difficult to integrate operational skills with strategic threat and cyber analysis.
Our programs and our customers have a significant need for students to enter the workforce with not only the technical cyber skills but the analysis mindset that a competition like this will foster, explained Chris Kearns, Lockheed Martin vice president of Enterprise IT Solutions. We are thrilled to partner with our nation’s top universities to invest in the future workforce.
The competition will not only enhance the skills of the future workforce and inspire students to pursue careers in cyber-security. Students will receive fast-paced, real world practical experience, scholarships, recognition and the opportunity to engage with others who share their interests, nationwide.
This competition is unique because it focuses on student development from the start and will serve as a role model for how to develop talent by engaging with industry in systematic and sustained manner, said Dr. Munir Mandviwalla, Associate Professor ans Chair of the Fox School of Business’ Management Information Systems department, and IBIT Executive Director.
Fox School’s Institute for Business and Information Technology (IBIT), at Temple University, provides cutting-edge knowledge and valuable connections to sustain excellence in information technology. IBIT integrates industry perspectives with academic research expertise to create forums for generating and exchanging best practices.
IBIT is affiliated with the Fox School’s nationally ranked Department of Management Information Systems. IBIT draws participating faculty and students from MIS as well as the expertise of the entire Fox and Temple University community.
For more information please visit http://cyberanalystchallenge.org
About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 112,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2014 were $45.6 billion.