CCDC, which stands for the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, is a defense-based competition that is based on providing and sustaining the security of an enterprise network infrastructure together with a well maintained business information system.
UNT hosted the Southwest Regional College Cyber Defense competition March 23-25, 2007 at Research Park. This was one of five regional competitions in the nation and this was also the largest with ten teams competing. Each team consisted of eight members set up in separate rooms with six computers each, imitating a business network and web page with the goal of updating the network while protecting it at the same time for three days. A "red team" made up of five security specialists tried to disrupt the networks in several ways that simulated hacker attacks in the real world.
The University of North Texas will host the 3rd Southwest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Contest on March 23-25, 2007. In this contest, student teams will be given pre-configured, running systems, networked into the contest infrastructure. These systems supply a set of services to the network, and the goals for each team are to:
Ke Xu has received the Research Dissertation Award for Research Achievement in Engineering. Dr. Xu graduated in Spring 2004, with Dr. Steve Tate as his major professor. The title of his dissertation was "Mobile Agent Security through Multi-Agent Cryptographic Protocols."
A team of 8 students, 6 from Computer Science and Engineering and 2 from Business Computer Information Systems, traveled to San Antonio to compete in the first ever Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC). In this contest, students managed a network for a fictional company and earned points for keeping network services up and running while a professional red team was launching attacks. Prof. Tate and Prof. Jensen coached and traveled with the students, and travel expenses were generously paid for by Microsoft.
Robert W. Taylor, Tory J. Caeti, Kall Loper, Eric J. Fritsch, and John Liederbach of the Department of Criminal Justice have published a book entitled "Digital Crime and Digital Terrorism" through Prentice-Hall (Taylor and Loper are faculty affiliates of CICS). This book explores both technical aspects of digital crime as well as behavioral aspects of computer hackers, virus writers, terrorists and other offenders, and is available in major bookstores and through online booksellers.
UNT and CICS have received a commendation from Governor Rick Perry for CICS's work in cybersecurity. Prof. Tate accepted the commendation at the Fall 2004 faculty convocation, where he received the UNT "National Security Award".
The National Security Agency, or NSA, has awarded the University of North Texas with the designation of a "Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education" for its strong computer and information security program. This prestigious designation recognizes UNT's commitment to excellence in information assurance, and places UNT among the top academic programs in computer security in the nation. UNT was among 10 new designees for 2004, bringing the total to 60 institutions nationwide designated as centers of excellence.
The computer science and security courses offered by the University of North Texas have been certified as a 100% mapping to the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Standards 4011 (for Information Security Professionals) and 4013 (for Security System Adminstrators).