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RCC Cyber Security, Homeland Security Students Excel in Recent Competitions

RCC Cyber Security, Homeland Security Students Excel in Recent Competitions

Student Participants

National Cyber League, Computer Forensics events test cyber skills


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: May 30, 2019


Students in Rockland Community College's Cyber Security and Homeland Security programs performed well in a pair of recent competitions, the Spring 2019 National Cyber League (NCL) contest held last month, and the 8th Annual Intercollegiate Computer Forensics Competition against Westchester Community College, held May 5.

In the NCL team competition, held April 26-28, the SUNY Rockland 0 team finished 60th nationally out of 510 teams, and placed 43rd among 80 teams in the Gold bracket, the highest level. Team members included Stephen Venneman, Shimon Deutsch, Victor Armaniaco, Hillary Dickson, Joseph Siebken and James McCurrach. The SUNY Rockland 1 also fared well, finishing 69th out of 231 teams in the Bronze division, and 302nd nationally out of 627 teams. Bernard Reuille, Caryn Kiel, Mir Ali, Alexander Alter and Christopher Matros constituted the squad. In the individual competition held April 12-14, Armaniaco, a second-year student, placed 45th nationally out of 3,607 competitors.

The NCL is a defensive and offensive puzzle-based, capture-the-flag style cybersecurity competition. Its virtual training ground helps high school and college students prepare and test themselves against cybersecurity challenges that they will likely face in the workforce. The competition is held every semester among participants from two- and four-year institutions. Students participate remotely either from home or on campuses.

RCC's Cyber Security program is designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education (CAE); RCC is one of only two New York State community colleges to hold this prestigious designation.

"Cyber security competitions are very important and will continue to be so for our cyber majors, and because the college has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense, this makes it much more important,” said Jeanette Geller, Professor and Chair of Cyber Security and Principal Investigator (PI) for RCC's program. “With all these competitions, especially the NCL, our students are nationally recognized and their standings are reviewed by companies all over the world.” The RCC teams were coached by Cyber Security adjunct Christopher Flatley and supervised by Geller.

In the Computer Forensics Competition, hosted by Westchester CC, RCC teams finished second, third and fourth out of seven teams. The second-place team, Cyber Karma, consisted of Mir Ali, Mark Rodriguez, Shameema Melethody, Michael Sarin and Nicholas Brown. The third-place team, 21 Cyber, included James Iadisernia, Alec Stanaj, Alec Hansraj and Ederson Mazariego. The fourth-place team, House Cyberia, comprised Hillary Dickson, Philip Markin, Joseph Siebken, Shimon Deutsch and Bernard Reuille.

The competition consisted of trivia and forensic investigative cases and, for the first time, included a mock courtroom with “expert witness” testimony. The trivia encompassed textbook and test questions as well as basic investigative skills and procedures for completing an investigation.

All of RCC's participating entrants are students in the spring semester Computer Forensics class taught by adjunct John Watkins, and some are members of the Cyber Security Club. Geller, Flatley and Nicole Hanaburgh, Professor of Cyber Security, accompanied the RCC students at the event, which RCC has won six out of the eight years. The competition will be hosted by RCC next spring.


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CONTACT: Susan Lyddon, VP of Institutional Advancement
845-574-4595 or 347-840-1247
slyddon@sunyrockland.edu