UCF’s renowned Cyber Defense Team outplayed 65 other schools competing across seven states in the Department of Energy’s CyberForce National Competition.

The UCF team spent several weeks designing and building a corporate network that was built to withstand professional hackers attempting to compromise the network. Coach Tom Nedorost, Austin Sturm, Andrew Hughes, Matthew St. Hubin, David Maria, Michael Roberts, and Martin Roberts designed the network least susceptible to attacks.


“The energy infrastructure we depend upon as a nation is under the constant threat of cyber attacks,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in a news release.

“As the sector-specific agency for cybersecurity in the energy sector, guarding against those threats is my highest priority, and this competition is becoming a key element in developing our next generation of cyber warriors.”

UCF competed at Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois, and scored the most overall points from all the labs.

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The University of Central Florida earns title of ‘winningest’ National Collegiate Cyber Defense Champion