This past Saturday, Feb. 15, the UofL Cyber Defense team competed in their State Qualifier against NKU and Murray State. In 8 straight hours of competition consisting of systems auditing, systems administration, network monitoring, intrusion detection, and service uptime, the team came out on top in not only the state, but in the entire qualifier where teams in both Kentucky and Ohio competed to move on for their respective states. The Midwest Regional competition is being held March 28-29 in Chicago.
The team consisted of team captain James Corcoran, Josh Chase, Mehdi Sabraoui, Ben Brown, Kerrick Lawson, Justin Dudleson, James Gissendaner, and Clay Colwell.
The competition day started at 10 am after an hour delay. Once gaining access to the competition environment, the team began an audit of their network, looking for rogue accounts, checking what services (HTTP(S), FTP, SSH, etc) were running, finding vulnerabilities, and other tasks to get a grasp on the network. Once the team became comfortable with the environment, cleanup began to secure the environment from attack and other malicious activity. During the course of the day, the team was also given tasks to do by the competition leaders including setting up new services, performing system audits, giving reports of suspicious activities, and responding to requests from a mock CIO concerned about the security of the information contained within the network. It was a grueling day, only survived through the use of copious amounts of caffeine and snacks, but a day well spent.
The team is excited to represent Speed School and Kentucky next month, hopefully making it to Nationals in San Antonio in April.