An eight-person team made up of UH Mānoa Information and Computer Sciences and Electrical Engineering students competed in the trial at-large regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition on Saturday, April 10. Virtually hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the UH Mānoa team "logged-on" from UH Mānoa's Pacific Ocean Science and Technology building. For six hours, the team worked to defend a corporate network against external attackers. These real-time events allowed students to hone their skills in information assurance and cyber security.
The ICS cyber defense team, UH-Mānoa Greyhats, was one of several teams from Hawaiʻi and Alaska that participated, each trying to repel the "Red Team" from Mississippi State University. The virtual competition was the first of several that UH-Mānoa Greyhats will participate in to prepare them for the regional and national competitions next year. Leading up to this event, the team met several times a week over a six-week period, spending countless hours researching networks, operating systems and software vulnerabilities, in order to fine-tune their defense and operational skills.