Regis University to host Rocky Mountain Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

February 17, 2015

Winner of fourth annual tournament advances to final competition in April

Regis University will host the next generation of cybersecurity experts as they test their skills during the fourth annual Rocky Mountain Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition February 27-28 at the Regis University Denver Tech Center Campus, 3800 S. Fiddlers Green Circle, Suite 200 in Greenwood Village. 

For two days teams of student from Kansas, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, New Mexico and Colorado will compete head to head as they work as a replacement security operations team for a fictitious company experiencing a cyber attack. The team that handles the pressure best will advance to the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition April 24-26 in San Antonio to face finalists from nine other regions.

This competition gives students not only the opportunity to flex their skills in a real-world crisis scenario. It also provides a stage to display their competence to potential employers. Industry leaders will provide feedback to participants and participating schools, providing insight into the strength of their security and information technology curriculum.

From the recent breach of sensitive data of some 80 million consumers and employees of health insurer Anthem to the Sony Pictures hack that nearly derailed the release of a major motion picture, the need to rethink cyber defense has never been timelier. The information security field continues to grow, with 27,000 analyst jobs projected to be added to field between 2012 and 2022 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Regis University’s recently opened College of Computer & Information Sciences (CCIS) equips students with more than just the technical skills necessary to address these information security challenges head-on. Through a range of undergraduate and graduate degrees along with certificate programs, CCIS’s programs promote the importance of social responsibility and challenge students to become leaders in their chosen fields.