by Ward Mullens, Published May 18, 2011
YPSILANTI - A team of Eastern Michigan University students recently won the Information Security Talent Search at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.
Greg Gallaway (Eaton Rapids), Bryan Robinson (Ypsilanti), Chris Schmitt (Ypsilanti), Karl Schuttler (DeWitt) and Zach Zeid (Ypsilanti) composed the team from EMU, which finished 500 points ahead of the second place team.
"This was our first competition in cyber defense," said Gerald "Skip" Lawver, coordinator of the program. "And we made a statement that Eastern Michigan University's cyber defense program is competitive at the national level."
Members of the winning team each received an iPad.
Fourteen teams were given five servers running mail, DNS and file transfer protocol information. Points were awarded on availability of the services. While protecting their own information, teams tried to hack each other while protecting their information from yet another team of industry professionals.
Teams also had to complete several business tasks within a certain time frame.
Lawver said winning has led to an increase in the number of inquiries about EMU's Information Assurance program.
As a National Security Agency (NSA) Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, EMU's Information Assurance Undergraduate program provides preparation for an advanced degree in information assurance/security. The program offers flexibility that prepares the student in an applied professional track leading to employment after graduation in the IA field. There are four unique concentrations for students to choose from: IA Management, Applied IA , IA cryptography and Network Security/Administration.
For additional information about the EMU IA program, go to http://www.emich.edu/cot/undergrad_ia.htm