NUST team off to USA

A team of 12 staff members and students of the Faculty of Computing and Informatics has finally secured funding to travel to the US to attend the first-ever International Collegiate Cyber Security Competition.

Highline College in the State of Washington, USA, extended an invitation to NUST earlier this year, but the budgetary requirements proved to be a great challenge. This led to the Faculty knocking on several doors, seeking sponsorships. Five companies - Air Namibia, XON Systems, CSS Tactical Solutions, Syntax Technologies and Bhunu Architect, came on board and enabled the NUST delegation to participate in the competition.

The Collegiate Cyber Security Competition will be the second challenge in which the team will participate. Last year, the students competed in the Namibia National Cyber Security Competition (NNCSC), and walked away with the first prize. The competitions are designed to sharpen the participants’ skills in fighting cyber crime by simulating real-world encounters of dangers that threaten corporate networks. The students are required to diffuse cyber threats in a timely and thorough fashion.

NUST Vice-Chancellor, Tjama Tjivikua, said: “Cyber security has become very important for every company nowadays as information and technology without security is like a shop without a keeper.” One of the students, Victoria Shakela, said

Date: 
Friday, June 17, 2016
for Month: 
June, 2016

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