U of L Students Soldiers in Cyber War

Louisville, KY - We've been reporting this week how a marketing firm for companies like Kroger, Target, Walgreens, Chase Bank, and Verison called Epilson was hacked and thousands of email addresses and names were swiped. Internet experts say that little bit of information is still enough to cause you big problems, because the hackers know exactly where you shop and bank. From major industries to individuals banking from their phones, these attacks place more and more people at risk.

Now students from the University of Louisville who are trained to deal with this kind of cyber attack will be part of a national competition this weekend demonstrating their knowledge against cyber defense teams from across the nation in San Antonio, Texas. The National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition brings together, challenges and rewards the next generation of cyber-defenders from America's universities. The University of Louisville is sending nine students from the Speed School of Engineering who are already regional champions. They must successfully defend their computer network against hostile attacks while maintaining operations.

The team is mentored by Drs. Rammohan Ragade, Ahmed Desoky, and Mr. Ron Lile of the Speed School with the support of the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center in Southern Indiana.

More information is available at http://louisville.edu/speed/news-1/2011/cyber-defense-team-advances-to-nationals and http://www.nationalccdc.org/ .

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