NEW YORK – Oct. 16, 2018 – Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) and global cyber education leader Cybint Solutions, a BARBRI company, have again moved forward to bolster the collective level of cyber expertise within the higher-education market, hosting the Cyber Range Competition and Workshop for educators.
The October 12 event was delivered in recognition of National Cyber Awareness Month. Through the competition, deans and professors from leading colleges and universities tested their cyber skills in a fast-paced and challenging competition set within one of the world’s most advanced Cyber Range environments. This important group of educators was also privy to a keynote address delivered by Roy Zur, Cybint CEO and global cyber expert. Zur shared an in-depth briefing on current cyber threats, the Dark Web, cyber intelligence, and other timely cyber topics and trends across the cyber landscape.
Participating institutions included Northwestern State University of Louisiana, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana State University (LSU) Shreveport, University of Louisiana Monroe, Louisiana Delta, and event host, Bossier Parish Community College. Representatives from the schools participated in one of two competitions where they faced cyber threats and situations based on real-life scenarios and were challenged to mitigate and resolve them as quickly as possible.
“We were exceptionally pleased and gratified with the success of our first cyber range event to which we invited area businesses,” said Dr. Rick Bateman, BPCC Chancellor. “It’s a natural extension of that event to now include our education partners in this initiative. The more we partner in cyber education, the more we can collectively benefit our communities, states and nation by raising the level of cyber expertise.”
“Stronger cyber education starts with educators,” said Zur. “It’s exciting for us to see the cyber range event gain traction as more professionals – particularly in education – recognize the need for relevant, hands-on cyber skills training. We look forward to watching the professionals who participated in the event go back and incorporate a higher level of cyber knowledge in their programs.”
The two winning teams, Louisiana Tech and LSU Shreveport, each received a complimentary Virtual Dark Web Workshop to be presented by Zur. The schools will also each receive five Cybint scholarships for its Cyber Security Analyst Simu-Lab Suite to be awarded at their respective schools.
“Cyber intelligence was a very important part of this event,” said LSU Shreveport participant Rodney Thompson. “It was very well integrated to show how it fits into cybersecurity as a whole. Interesting events like this are important for the cyber community in our area.”
“We really enjoyed the experience,” added fellow LSU Shreveport participant, James Jackson. “The competition was enlightening and it will be great to introduce students to how real-life technical attacks occur.”
Funding for the Cyber Range Competition and Workshop was made possible through a Rapid Response grant through the state of Louisiana.
About Bossier Parish Community College
Bossier Parish Community College is a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance (2-Year) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and was designated this past year as the first Center of Workforce Excellence in Cyber Technology in Louisiana.
BPCC offers a number of IT degree options including Cyber Technology, Computer Information Systems, and Systems Administration. For more information about becoming a cyber student or partnering, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bpcc.edu.
Cybint is an international cyber education company, providing training, certifications and learning solutions across the cyber security and intelligence spectrum. At Cybint we believe that protecting our assets, companies, and national security starts with cyber education. That’s why we are dedicated to building the most knowledgeable cyber teams for governments, educating the best cyber experts at universities and colleges, and training employees around the world to be aware of cyber threats.
Cybint is a collaboration between military-trained cyber security and intelligence experts and the education experts at BARBRI. Together, we’ve created programs that address cyber security and intelligence at the individual level – creating a deep and powerful network of cyber expertise that goes far beyond the typical technical expertise.