Florida Tech’s FITSec cybersecurity club placed 8th overall at the National Cyber League (NCL) Tournament this spring out of a field of 931 collegiate teams from across the country.
The NCL consisted of a series of challenges that allow students to demonstrate their ability to identify hackers from forensic data, break into vulnerable websites, recover from ransomware attacks, and more.
The varsity team at the NCL was comprised of Josh Connolly, Blake Janes, Micah Oltmann, Afi Edem Edi Gbekevi, Ian Orzel, Nicholas Cottrell and Bryce Adams. (Blanco, Oltmann and Connolly are pictured above.) It completed 95.7 percent of the challenges and earned perfect scores in open source intelligence, cryptography, log analysis, network traffic analysis, wireless access exploitation, enumeration and exploitation.
Connolly, a computer engineering major who serves as president of FITSec, placed 3rd in the individual competition.
The 90-member team has now completed its first year, where it competed in several competitions, including those hosted by Raymond James, the Georgia Cyber Center, Argonne National Labs, IBM X-Force Red, CCDC and B-Sides.
“I’m very proud to see how far this team has gone in such short period of time,” said Marco Carvalho, executive vice president and provost and a team sponsor. “This has been a very impressive first year, and these successes speak to the team’s talent and dedication.”
In addition to Carvalho, FITSec is also sponsored by Florida Tech and the L3Harris Institute for Assured Information. The club is advised by faculty members Terrence O’Connor, Heather Crawford and William Allen and adjunct faculty member Christopher Stricklan.
“We are collectively very proud of the team’s effort and how well they represented themselves and Florida Tech,” said O’Connor, program chair of cybersecurity at Florida Tech.
More information on the NCL can be found here.