CSUSB cyber security teams take first place at information technology competition


Two teams of Cal State San Bernardino cyber security students captured first place in the Computer Forensics and Business Systems Analysis categories of the 16th annual Information Technology Competition April 21 at Cal Poly Pomona.

Cyber_internet_illustrationThe advanced skills competition featured competitors from throughout the Inland Empire and Los Angeles County, and was judged by information technology professionals.

Cal State San Bernardino fielded four teams for the competition – all sponsored by the university’s Information Assurance and Security Management Center through CSUSB’s College of Business and Public Administration. The teams competed in Business Systems Analysis and Computer Forensics categories.  The ITC competitors came from many regional universities, including Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Northridge and DeVry University.

In the highly competitive Computer Forensics category, CSUSB took first and second place top spots. The Computer Forensics teams encompassed elements of law, policy and technology to determine the type of crimes seeded on a suspect’s computer evidence. The team used specialized tools for criminal forensics investigations and had to present findings to a panel of experts from the legal and technical community. This is the second year in a row that CSUSB has won this division.

“CSUSB students come into these events as an underdog,” said Walt Stewart a computer forensics professor in CSUSB’s College of Business and Public Administration. “When the judges recognized our students were from CSUSB, they remarked that this would be a very tough act to follow. The fact that we took the top spots out of six teams shows that caliber of CSUSB students in the computer forensics area.”

In the Business Systems Analysis division, CSUSB again took first place. The five-person all-female team devised an action risk management and technology plan for a fictitious social network provider, based on a real world scenario.

“We have been consistently strong at these competitions and at the national level,” said Tony Coulson, CSUSB professor of information and decision sciences and a team coach. “The CSUSB Information Assurance (Cyber Security) program is nationally recognized, and for good reason. We have a lot of talented students in information management and cyber security. The success of our all-female Business Systems Analysis team shows that Cyber Security is an equal-opportunity field.”

The CSUSB Telecommunications team took second place and was the first time CSUSB had fielded a team in this division.

The annual Information Technology Competition invites students from California institutions to compete in one of four business cases by providing a solution to specific cases. The competition gives students the opportunity to showcase their talents and skills in front of industry professionals, creating an experience that helps students prepare for the corporate business world, develop their professional network and increase their knowledge of the information technology field.

The wins were a continuation of CSUSB cyber security students’ successes. Last month, a team of eight CSUSB students from the university’s “Information Security Club” took second place at the 2012 Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense competition held on March 23-25 in Pomona. The team competed against nine other colleges for the title of “Elite Cyber Warriors.” Their goal was to be a defense team to protect their computer, businesses and networks from outside hackers.

Cal State San Bernardino’s Information Assurance and Security Management program and Information Management program are designated as part of the Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance education, as bestowed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency. In addition, CSUSB’s programs are among the 35 schools nationwide that are part of the National Science Foundation’s Federal Cyber Service: Cybercorps scholarship program.

For more information about the program, contact Coulson at (909) 537-5768 and visit iasm.csusb.edu.

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.