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UMA Students Nationally Ranked in Cybersecurity League Competition

UMA Students Participating in National Championship on November 17th

AUGUSTA–Two University of Maine at Augusta students ranked nationally at the National Cybersecurity League (NCL) competition held on November 3-5, 2017.  Jason McLean and Pierre Laot ranked 19th and 34th, respectively. Laot and McLean are currently in the Cybersecurity program at UMA. This is the first time UMA students have taken part in the competition.

During the November 3rd weekend competition, seven UMA students and one University of Southern Maine student participated in the competition which provided challenges at different skill levels. This national online competition had over 3200 students taking part from around the country. Jessica Chisholm, a UMA Cybersecurity Adjunct professor, encouraged the students to participate and supported the competitors.

The NCL national team championships takes place November 17-19, 2017 and the UMA students participating will include McLean and Laot, as well as Nick Roberge, Jerrie Doerr, and Mike Doerr, along with Ian Briley, a USM student taking cybersecurity classes at UMA.

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.

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. Learn more about the Cybersecurity academic program.