Hail to the Victors!
It was a beautiful day in North Charleston, South Carolina, but tensions were running high at the Palmetto Cyber Defense Competiton (PCDC). PCDC Airlines, the fictitious airline at the heart of this year’s challenge, was under attack! Teams of cybersecurity professionals were competing to defend the airline’s network from a barrage of threats and keep it up and running.
Phishing attacks, DDoS attacks, and even physical intrusions plagued the networks. Help desk tickets, check-in support, and admin requests demanded immediate attention. Each team worked tirelessly to defend the network and keep flights running smoothly, but only one team could emerge victorious.
ECS Takes Home The Hardware!
CAPT Nicole K. Nigro, USN, the commanding officer at Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic presents the first-place trophy to ECSers Trey Everette, James Dieteman, Luke Gigiano, James Steff, Sean Dunaway, and Carlos Bermudez. The team included Nic Steidl and Don Brewer, college juniors who joined the ECS team after competing in their earlier collegiate bracket. The competition is a great opportunity for high school and college students to gain experience, mentorship, and insight from cybersecurity professionals!
Don Brewer and Nic Steidl pore over a problem across from Sean Dunaway, project manager at ECS. “I had so much fun competing and contributing to the ECS team,” remarked Don Brewer. “I learned a lot from [the team’s] skill and graceful execution.”
PCDC: A Test in Real-world Scenarios
PCDC is an annual cyber competition sponsored by NIWC and the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA) where high school and college students, as well as IT professionals, test their skills and mettle against real-world scenarios. This year’s event featured tough competition with BAE, Dominion Energy, ECS, GDIT, SAIC, and SRC all competing.