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School of Computing student team ranks in top 8 in Cyber Defense Competition

The University of North Florida’s School of Computing OspreySec student team members standing together wearing masksstudent club, the OspreySec, ranked in the top 8 in the Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (SECCDC) – the first time in the club’s history. SECCDC is a premier cybersecurity competition that features student teams from different universities and colleges across the region. The participants compete to keep the online services of their fictional company active while responding to a team of industry professionals launching cyberattacks on them.


SECCDC is a regional qualifier for the larger National Collegiate Cyber Defense (NCCDC) competition. Due to their high ranking in the preliminary round, the OspreySec team will compete virtually with seven other student teams at the SECCDC finals hosted by Kennesaw State University on March 10 and 11.


Formally known as the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) club, OspreySec is a registered UNF student organization focused on providing students with information security education and opportunities. Under the guidance of Dr. Swapnoneel Roy, associate professor and faculty advisor, and Larry Snedden, co-advisor, OspreySec teaches students both offensive and defensive cybersecurity and helps develop members to their full potential as future information technology professionals.


OspreySec team members competing in the upcoming competition include Joseph Ruiz (Team Captain), David Garcia, Mike Jurendic, Riley Strickland, Andrews Peter, Lee Adkins, Tobias Landwehr, Kenneth Alcineus and Christian Fecteau.