Champlain's Cybersecurity Team Heads to Northeast Regional Competition

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -- For the ninth year in a row, the Champlain College Cybersecurity Team has qualified for the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NECCDC) to be held at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) on March 16-18. In a qualifying event in February, the team, earned one of the nine available spots out of the 18 schools in the competition.

The Champlain College Cybersecurity Team is comprised of 12 members, representing both the Digital Forensics (CDF) and Cyber-Security (CNCS) programs.

They are: Young Chen, CDF ‘21; Mike DePlante, CNCS ‘18; Parker Desborough, CNCS ‘18; Taylor Harris, CNCS ‘18; Travis Kennedy, CNCS ‘19; Ian Palleiko, CNCS ‘20; Tyler Peyton, CNCS ‘18; Emily Platz, CNCS ‘20; Scott Rainville, CNCS ‘18; Sean Roe, CNCS ‘18; and Lawrence Senechal, CNCS ‘18
Adam Goldstein, advisor to the team and assistant professor of Cyber-Security and Networking credits the success of the team to outstanding teamwork, commitment to their craft, and cool heads in what is a very stressful competitive environment.

"Programs like this are important for students to gain real-world experience. The focus on active cyber-defense allows our students to respond to numerous challenges and apply the variety of skills they are developing in the classroom" he noted.

Each team begins the competition with an identical set of hardware and software and is scored on their ability to detect and respond to outside threats, maintain the availability of existing services, respond to business requests such as the addition or removal of additional services, and balance security needs against business needs.

Throughout the competition, an automated scoring engine is used to verify the functionality and availability of each team's services on a periodic basis and traffic generators continuously feed simulated user traffic into the competition network. A volunteer red team of professional hackers provides the external threat all Internet-based services face and allows the teams to match their defensive skills against live opponents.

The team will be competing March 16-18 at the University of New Hampshire against the following schools: University at Albany, SUNY Buffalo, University of New Hampshire, Maine, Northeastern, RIT, Stevens Institute of Technology, West Point, and Westchester Community College.

To learn more about the Champlain College Cybersecurity Team and programs at the College, visit online.


Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 382 Colleges: 2018 Edition. For the third year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2018 "America's Best Colleges," and an "A+ School for B Students" and is ranked in the top 100 Regional Universities of the North. Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2018 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2018 College of Distinction. For more information, visit  www.champlain.edu.