2nd NNCSC Competition 2016
The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Faculty of Computing and Informatics in partnership with the University of Namibia (Unam) and industry hosted the 2nd Namibia National Cyber Security Competition. The competition themed ‘Thunderbolt – Cyber Security Excellence in the 21st business environment’ saw two teams from NUST and two teams from Unam battle for top position, which did not only promise prizes, but a ticket to the international competition in the USA to be held on June 20 – 23, 2017. This was a great platform as it enabled participants to showcase how security can be enforced or broken with innovative technologies. The competition was set up in such a way that students were given tasks to manage an IT system that was already set up. Their task for the day was to maintain and secure the system from being accessed by hackers – these were seasoned industry practitioners who served as the black team – in real time. They did this for a gruelling eight hours. The teams scored points based on their ability to maintain availability of key network services necessary to keep their business up and running, and lost points when their essential business services were attacked, a typical scenario that IT professionals face daily.