University of Central Florida prevailed over nine other schools to win the 2021 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition and the coveted Alamo Cup. The national championship, sponsored by Raytheon Technologies Corporation, was held in an entirely virtual setting.
Hosted by the UTSA Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security, the virtual setting did not phase the University of Central Florida team as they protected the network of a fictional automotive parts corporation and claimed the title of champion over nine other finalist collegiate teams.
Now in its 16th year, NCCDC was the first to test cyber defense skills in a collegiate competition modeled after real-world business scenarios. Seeing the practical applications of cyber defense skills encourages more students to pursue cybersecurity careers, displaying the continued demand for more cyber engineers to accommodate the need in the workforce.