Student Competitions

Carnegie Mellon Wins Cyber Analyst Challenge

A team from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has won this year's National Cyber Analyst Challenge.

Currently in its second year and administered by Temple University's Institute for Business and Information Technology (IBIT), the competition is designed "to enhance the skills of the future workforce and inspire students to pursue careers in cyber security" by focusing "on developing strategic skills involving analysis and threat identification," according to a news release.

The competition took place over three months and included three phases, all culminating in a real-time practical challenge.

CMU was determined the winner by an expert panel of judges evaluating teams on technical proficiency, judgment and communication. They were selected from a cohort of 10 teams that progressed beyond the first phase of the competition. The CMU team will be awarded $25,000 for winning. The other nine teams were awarded $6,000-$12,000 to support student, faculty and curriculum development.

"It was gratifying to work with [competition sponsor] Leidos to create a student- and faculty-centric opportunity," said Munir Mandviwalla, executive director of Temple's IBIT, in a prepared statement. "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."

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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