More than 200 Iowa State University students will spend part of the weekend fighting off computer attacks.
The annual Cyber Defense Competition is Saturday at Iowa State. It will be the largest competition of this sort on a university campus.
The teams will work to secure their networks, document their strategies and maintain a usable network while fending off attacks from cyber security professionals and graduate students.
“This is all designed to get students excited about cyber security,” says Doug Jacobson, ISU professor and contest organizer. “Yes, this is a great way to get them to learn. But this is also meant to be fun. There’s a party atmosphere. The students love the chaotic nature of it. They’re not bored.”
Iowa State first began the competition back in 2005. Students of all ages and majors will participate.