Solera Networks Helps Students 'Defend Their Networks' in Collegiate Cyber Competition
LAUREL, MD, Mar 14, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition -- Solera Networks, the
leading advanced Security Intelligence and Analytics company,
announced its sponsorship of the 7th Annual CyberWatch Mid-Atlantic
Collegiate Cyber Defense (CCDC) competition. The company is donating
its virtual version of its Solera DeepSee(R) security platform to arm
defending collegiate teams in responding rapidly to network attacks.
The event is scheduled for March 14-17 at the Kossiakoff Center at
Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, MD.
The event pits students from two- and four-year colleges and
universities -- 'Blue Teams' against a 'Red Team' of professional
hackers trying to disrupt and compromise the network. The competition
is unique in that it focuses on the operational aspects of managing
and protecting networks from an onslaught of attacks. Student teams
are scored based on their ability to: a) detect and respond to
outside threats, b) maintain availability of existing services, c)
respond to business requests, and d) balance security against
business needs. Blue Teams will use the Solera DeepSee platform to
uncover and deliver clear evidence of any attack made by the Red Team
-- thereby helping them score points and advance in the competition.
The winner of the Mid-Atlantic CCDC will move on to represent the
region in the National CCDC, April 20-22, 2012, in San Antonio, TX.
Cyber professionals from Solera Networks will be on-hand to
participate in the games, observe the competitors and provide
expertise and coaching to the aspiring cyber warriors.
"As a leading provider of cybersecurity solutions, we are committed
to helping grow the ranks of qualified cyber professionals," said
John Vecchi, VP of Marketing at Solera Networks. "As the industry's
only virtual solution that captures, indexes, classifies and
recreates all network traffic, it is ideal for easy deployment and
use in this role-play environment. We've participated with our Solera
DeepSee technology at CCDC and other similar war games in the past,
allowing the teams to be very successful in delivering real evidence
of Red Team activity -- and ultimately scoring points to win the
The competition provides a chance for government and industry
officials to observe the exercise, discuss cyber security career
choices with top students in the region, and become better informed
regarding current trends in security and information assurance.
"Solera's role in the competition is to provide a full record of
every network event and security breach," said Casey O'Brien, CCDC
Coordinator. "This gives teams a complete collection of data that
shows both attack and defense scenarios and the evidence that
defending teams will need to score points. It is also an excellent
resource for post-event analysis so teams can learn from their
activities. We are happy that Solera is providing the students with
exposure to enterprise-class technologies that they will certainly
use in their future careers."
CCDC is hosted by CyberWatch, Prince George's Community College, the
National Science Foundation, ISight Partners, and the Community
College of Baltimore County.
The event will be open to the media with a networking event/job fair
at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15. For more information about the
competition, go to www.MidAtlanticCCDC.org.
About Solera Networks
See everything. Know everything.(TM)
Solera Networks is the security industry's intelligent rapid response
company. Its award-winning DeepSee(R) platform is powered by
next-generation deep-packet inspection and indexing technologies,
network security analytics and intelligence capabilities. Global 2000
enterprises, cloud service providers and government agencies rely on
Solera to see everything and know everything, allowing them to gain
complete visibility and situational awareness, respond quickly and
intelligently to advanced threats, protect critical information
assets, minimize exposure and loss, and reduce business liabilities.
For more information, please visit www.soleranetworks.com.
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CCDC Industry Liaison
SOURCE: Solera Networks
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