TTU doctoral student takes first in national cyber security competition

Posted by Lori Shull - Monday, November 25 2013


Vitaly Ford, a doctoral student at Tennessee Tech University, recently took first place in a federally sponsored cyber-security competition.

Ford, of Russia, competed against hundreds of computer science students from universities around the nation in the National Cyber League’s Capture the Flag competition. The competition is designed to give students a chance to demonstrate and improve their skills in scrutinizing, identifying and exploiting computer networks.

He took first place individually and worked with a team that took sixth place in an October competition. Participants were broken down into three brackets, according to their skill level. Ford was placed in the middle, silver bracket.

In another league competition in November, Ford took second place in the Eastern Division silver bracket, and he contributed 70 percent of his group’s total points, according to Ambareen Siraj, TTU associate professor of computer science and Ford’s academic adviser.

Ford is studying information assurance and security in TTU’s computer science department. The university offers undergraduate courses in cybersecurity and master’s and doctoral degree concentrations in information assurance and security.

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