FOX GRADUATE STUDENTS REACH FINAL ROUND OF NATIONAL CYBER ANALYST CHALLENGE

May 12, 2016 //
Five Fox graduate students in the Master’s of Science in IT Auditing and Cyber Security program advanced to the final round of the National Cyber Analyst Challenge. They are, from left to right: Ibtissam Bazzine, Jose Gomez, Nick Nguyen, Kerwing Hy, and Jeta Gjana.
Five Fox graduate students in the Master’s of Science in IT Auditing and Cyber Security program advanced to the final round of the National Cyber Analyst Challenge. They are, from left to right: Ibtissam Bazzine, Jose Gomez, Nick Nguyen, Kerwing Hy, and Jeta Gjana.

A team of graduate students from Temple University’s Fox School of Business advanced to the final round of the National Cyber Analyst Challenge, sponsored by Lockheed Martin.

The students, from Fox’s Master of Science in IT Auditing and Cyber Security (ITACS) program, competed against teams from eight other colleges and universities for a $25,000 grand prize. Fox’s team included: Jeta Gjana, Jose Gomez, Kerwing Hy, and Nick Nguyen, from the ITACS program’s security track, and Ibtissam Bazzine, of ITACS’ auditing track.

The first phase of the National Cyber Analyst Challenge consisted of an analysis of a complex real-world case created by Lockheed Martin experts. Participating teams received documents pertaining to a fabricated company and files that were meant to replicate a report issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigations. The team from Fox, which is coached by ITACS professors Ed Ferrara and Wade Mackey, pored over 75 gigabytes of data to find the cause of the hack.

“We couldn’t have been more excited to represent Temple and Fox in a competition of this level,” Hy said.