From Harford County Public Schools:
Cybersecurity has emerged as a foremost concern in our nation’s businesses, schools and government. According to its website, the Maryland Cyber Challenge & Conference (MDC3) was created by SAIC, UMBC, the Tech Council of Maryland, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development (DBED) to help make Maryland a leader in this critical field. By combining an educational conference with a thrilling competition, MDC3 is designed to promote Maryland’s exciting world of cybersecurity career and scholastic opportunities to students and professionals alike. It’s a demonstration of our state’s commitment to advancing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and to building a more capable and committed cybersecurity workforce.
Harford Technical High School (HTHS) recently entered two teams in the MDC3 from the school’s Computer & Networking program. The first online qualifying Cyber challenge round was held September 9-11, 2011, for all high school and college division teams, where both teams scored high enough to qualify for the semi-final round, which was held September 23-25, 2011.
One of the HTHS teams, Team Xploiters, finished in the top eight in the state in this round, which qualifies them for the final/championship round to be held live at the Baltimore Convention Center October 21-22, 2011, where they will complete against the other seven teams in the state. This is a one-of-a-kind non-profit event bringing together Maryland’s best minds to advance the critical field of cybersecurity across the public, private and academic sectors.
Congratulations to the HTHS team, and best wishes for success in the championship round!
For more information on the program, visit www.mdc3.org.