Cyber Security team secures top honours in USA

A team consisting of three Honours and five Masters students in Digital Forensics and three lecturers of the Faculty of Computing and Informatics returned from the United States of America (USA) with the first prize in the International Collegiate Cyber Security Competition. The competition, which was held for the first time brought together three tertiary institutions namely: Highline Community College, the University of Washington Tacoma and NUST.

Faculty of Computing and Informatics cybersecurity staff and students. From left: Shadreck Chitauro, Muhinda Mudabeti, Nandotjitouwa Kavimaka, Naemi Gerson, Klaudia Uuzombala, Stanford Musarurwa, Joris Ikany, Viktoria Shakela, Martin Hamukwaya (team leader), Mercy Chitauro, Dr Fungai Bhunu Shava, Attlee M Gamundani.The competition assessed the students’ level of competency in protecting corporate network infrastructure and business information systems. The teams responded to a series of random cyber attacks which were issued by a pool of qualified industry experts. Maintaining speed during the competition was mandatory for the participants whilst they received instructions via their set corporate networks. Thus duplicating an ordinary business environment where communication is done through e-mails and telephone lines. 

The magnitude of this competition exceeded the challenges that the NUST team faced during their first Namibia National Cyber Security Competition in October last year. The team leader, Martin Hamukwaya said: “After encountering our international counterparts, I can indeed confirm that the quality of NUST’s education is of an exceptional standard, which was evident in our performance.” 

The next local competition is scheduled for October this year and the Namibia National Cyber Security Competition Committee is appealing for more financial support from industry.

Date: 
Friday, July 22, 2016
for Month: 
July, 2016

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