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University teams to compete in Department of Energy’s 2018 National Cyber Defense Competition:The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is proud to announce the 29 university teams selected to compete in the third annual Cyber Defense Competition (CDC), taking place April 6–7, 2018.

These motivated students, chosen from across the country, will simultaneously compete at three of the Department’s U.S. national laboratories: Argonne National Laboratory (Lemont, Illinois); Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, Tennessee); and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, Washington).

The objectives of the competition support the larger needs of the DOE and national infrastructure. These include developing a workforce of cyber professionals with competencies relevant to the energy sector, raising awareness of the cutting-edge cyber security and critical infrastructure happening in the DOE and national laboratories, and driving innovation in this area through industrial partnerships at all stages of research and development lifecycles.

“Protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure from cyber threats is a priority for the Department of Energy. We’re proud to partner with key stakeholders in developing the next generation of a skilled workforce that can safeguard the electric grid,” said Assistant Secretary of the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) Bruce J. Walker. “Our Cyber Defense Competition is a unique program that teaches real-world lessons and closes the cybersecurity capability gap.”

The competition further supports the development of a cyber-enabled workforce by using critical infrastructure-focused scenarios. In these scenarios, the competition adds realistic components — such as cyber-physical infrastructure, lifelike anomalies and constraints, and actual users — to create a unique experience for all competitors. These realistic components, which are unique to the DOE’s competition, test students’ knowledge and skills against challenges cyber professionals address daily.

 

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University teams to compete in Department of Energy’s 2018 National Cyber Defense Competition:The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is proud to announce the 29 university teams selected to compete in the third annual Cyber Defense Competition (CDC), taking place April 6–7, 2018.