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HCC, UH West Oahu students continue podium finish streak in national cyber competition

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By Devon Tsai

For the fourth year in a row, nine students hack their way to the top in this year’s National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

The competition tested the students’ knowledge in virtual hacking situations, which consists of “injects,” or tasks assigned to each team.  While the teams work to complete these injects, a “Red Team” schemes to attack and wreak havoc on their activities. Basically, their job was to stop the hackers.

The team consists of Honolulu Community College and University of Hawaii West Oahu students --Marvin Buenafe, Kenneth Dedicatoria, Brayton Acoba, Gerome Catbagan, Derrick Le, Kevin Ryan, CJ Ulep, and Sharey Vendiola.

The students placed 2nd this year and have previously placed within the top three the past four years. 

“These students put in a tremendous amount of hours to the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.  They performed extremely well.  I couldn't be prouder of what we have accomplished together,” says Coach Jason Hayworth, a HonCC-UH West O‘ahu CENT student.

 “I am very proud of the performance put forward by our students. Not only did they display the technical expertise needed to perform the indicated tasks, they displayed teamwork and professionalism which are the cornerstone skills required for our nation to securely thrive in cyberspace,” shares Aaron Tanaka, HonCC CENT Professor. 

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