CIT students Victoria Fisher, Kristina Darroch, Cory Allred Sr., Eric Keller, Joseph Tracy, Stephen Laney, Derek Clawson and Jake Ownsbey were part of the two teams that finished in the top five in the competition hosted by Idaho State University.
Teams from BYU, Southern Utah University, Weber State University, University of Idaho and LDS Business College also competed, according to the Idaho State University webpage.
The ISU webpage stated that the competition “put teams in the role of system administrators attempting to defend their networks from an aggressive red team, which seeks to cripple the availability of their systems.”
Cory Allred Sr., a senior studying computer information technology, said they imitated a real-life situation and environment in the competition.
“In a normal business environment, you have weeks or months to prepare, but in this environment, you are literally thrown into a room and told, ‘Here are the problems fix them,’” said Joseph Tracy, a senior studying computer information technology.
Victoria Fisher, a junior studying computer information technology, said they had only hours to solve problems that come up over months at a normal business.
“A lot of the time when people think about cyber security, they think about the attacks, but cyber security encompasses who can access facilities and files,” Allred said.
Tracy said cyber security is not just about computers, but there are physical and social controls as well.
“It’s really easy to convince secretaries to let you into different resources because you have a badge and act with confidence,” Tracy said.
Kristina Darroch, a sophomore studying computer information technology, said password security is important in protecting information.
“I would like to ask people to make sure their passwords are very strong so they can fight against people hacking into their accounts,” Darroch said.
Allred said that sharing passwords is a big “no-no” because the password could fall into the wrong hands.
“Before studying security, I never thought about letting my roommate borrow my laptop with all my stuff on there,” Darroch said.
Darroch said she did not think one of her roommates would hack into her account, but people never know what can happen to their personal and sensitive information.
Allred said students need to be careful what they make public on their social media because security questions, such as a birth date or a maiden name, could be found out by a Facebook search.
The CIT team advised students to always be careful when it comes to cyber defense and security, because the alternative is not a pleasant experience.