University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) Cyber Moose participated in the National Cyber League (NCL) Championship Postseason competition, finishing 14th overall out of 266 teams nationwide, and earning the highest score attributed to participants from the state of Maine.
The NCL postseason team championships took place the weekend of April 27-29, 2018, and the UMA students participating were Austin Brower, Pierre Laot, Jason McLean, and Samantha Wilkins. Competencies measured in NCL National Championship Postseason game include open source intelligence, network traffic analysis, log analysis, scanning & reconnaissance, wireless access exploitation, cryptography, password cracking, web application and exploitation, and enumeration & exploitation.
“We are all extremely happy with the results,” said Pierre Laot, Cyber Moose Captain. “Last year we were 38th out of 179. We focused on our weaknesses in exploitation from last year and were been able to score a 100% completion in the exploitation categories this year,” Laot continued. “Some hardware issues made it difficult to finish cracking all passwords which would have given us access to the top 10.”
In the NCL regular season, more than 3,000 players participated from all over the country on an individual basis. UMA student Jason McLean finished 19th overall, and 1st nationwide in the cryptology category. UMA student Austin Bower placed 28th overall, and was ranked 7th nationwide in the log analysis category.
UMAs Cyber Moose is working to recruit more members for participation, and to finish as a team in the top 10 in the upcoming NCL team competition. They also endeavor to participate in more cybersecurity competitions such as the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.
The Cyber Moose is a cybersecurity team created in 2017 for team competitions. Through national competitions, team members seek to compete nationwide and work together to improve their knowledge. The preparation for and participation in the competitions provide real world scenarios that will be helpful in becoming well-trained experts and improving their individual skills sets. This in turn will be a strong advantage in various professions. The Cyber Moose recruit students from any level in Cybersecurity. Team members work together, learn from each other and challenge themselves. For more information about the Cyber Moose contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information on the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program
The emerging field of Cybersecurity is based on an evolving discipline that involves the study of strategy, policy, and standards regarding the security of and operations in cyberspace. Available through a partnership between UMA, UMFK, UMaine, and USM, the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity incorporates a multidisciplinary perspective through a combination of courses that offer a holistic approach to cybersecurity education by providing the opportunity to take courses not only in computer science and technology but also in the humanities, social sciences and ethics.