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FCC Cyber Team Advances to Regional Competition for First Time

03/07/2017

For the first time, the FCC Cyber Team will compete at the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (MACCDC) Regional Finals. 

The team advanced to regionals after placing in the top eight finishers of 28 teams in a virtual qualifier round at the end of February. 
 
The MACCDC Regionals will be held at Johns Hopkins University March 30 – April 1. The eight teams will compete for one spot that advances to the national tournament in April. 
 
The Cyber Team at FCC was just created last year by FCC graduate Tony Punturiero, who is now our Cyber Security Lab Technician. The team provides students the opportunity to increase hands-on learning and apply and enhance the skills they learn in cybersecurity classes.
 
During its weekly meetings, the team discusses the latest cybersecurity threats and trains for competitions. During competitions, teams are pitted against each other, either working to break into cybersecurity systems or defending against cyber attacks. 
 
FCC will be up against other schools from Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, including University of Maryland and Towson University. 
 
Team members include:
Connor Alexander
Tiffany Anders
Brandon Hertel (Co-Captain)
Christian Lowe
Clark Muller
Matt Rieser
Derek Sappington (Captain)
Brandon Skipper
 
The FCC Cyber Team competed in the state competition last year but did not advance to the regional round.  

The cybersecurity program at FCC includes an Associate Degree in Cybersecurity and a CyberTech certificate

For more information about the Cyber Team, contact Cyber Team Coach Tony Punturiero.