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University of Central Florida becomes winningest National Collegiate Cyber Defense champion

SAN ANTONIO, April 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- University of Central Florida defeated nine other finalist teams to win the 2016 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, earning the title of National Champion for the third year in a row. The championship NCCDC competition was held here April 22-24, with the top 10 college and university teams from across the nation facing off to protect a network against constant cyber attacks.

More than 180 colleges and universities participated in regional competitions that led to this year's national championship, which was sponsored by Raytheon.

"Congratulations to the three-time champion, University of Central Florida," said David Wajsgras, president of Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and Services business. "As global networks face nearly constant attack, NCCDC is a perfect extension of Raytheon's global Cyber Academy initiative, helping to develop the next generation of cyber defenders."

"Everyone recognizes we need to find and train more cyber professionals. Competitions absolutely help to meet that need," said Dwayne Williams, Director of the NCCDC. "Across the nation, the competition gets harder and teams get better each year."

Modeled from real-world scenarios, NCCDC was the first national cybersecurity competition designed to test how well college students operate...