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William & Mary Launch Cybersecurity Competition

(WYDaily/Courtesy of Jim Agnew/William & Mary)

WILLIAMSBURG — William & Mary (W&M) will be hosting its first-ever cyber security case competition for undergraduate students on Nov. 12, 2021 from 8 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

The event will be held virtually via Zoom and will be broadcast live to the public using the same platform at 8 a.m.

The virtual event is being put together by William & Mary’s Global Innovation Challenge (WMGIC) and the Whole of Government Center of Excellence and NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT).

The WMGIC x NATO ACT Cybersecurity Challenge will be between student teams who will receive a detailed case study prior to the start of the challenge. WMGIC and NATO ACT will develop the scenario based on current global threats and challenges and will include background information such as details on tactics used by key nations and proxy groups.

Teams will be made up of three to five undergraduate students from any major program offered. The teams will have six hours to work with mentors in order to design a recommended plan of action for NATO based on the case study, research question, and task. Each plan of action will examine NATO’s existing capacity and what actions it should implement within the next twelve months. Teams will then have their plans examined by a panel of judges that will evaluate all the proposals and select five winners.

The winners will be announced at the end of the Zoom event from 1 to 1:45 p.m. and a total of $2,500 in cash prizes will be awarded.

The competition is open to undergraduate students in universities nationwide and internationally from NATO Member Nations. The entire event will be conducted in English.

Registration to compete in the event will close on Nov. 5, 2021.

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