Call for participation: the 2013 “Big Splash” CyberDefense Competition

Volunteers needed for the 2013 Big Splash Cyberdefense competition. The “Big Splash” is designed to bring practitioners in industry and government together with students to practice cybersecurity event response, mitigation, and strategy.

Building on the success of collegiate level cyber defense competitions and cyber defense exercises with the Washington Army National Guard; the University of Hawaii Manoa, the University of Washington Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, UW Bothell CSS, and Nathcorp, are producing the “Big Splash” Cyber Defense Exercise, with events March 7th-10th. The “Big Splash” is designed to bring practitioners in industry and government together with students to practice cybersecurity event response, mitigation, and strategy. By having practitioners from industry, government, and students from local colleges and universities we are able to foster a diverse team setting that helps promote communication, leadership, and relationships. This is increasingly important as every sector attempts to handle growing cybersecurity threats, the task of reporting events, and determining what resources are available from government agencies for additional help.

With the idea of helping protect local critical infrastructure from cyber threats, teams within the National Guard called “Computer Network Defender or (CND Team)” have been created. The role of the 21st century minuteman now includes helping defend resources throughout the state for cyber threats through CND Teams and they will be working alongside practitioners and infrastructure owners in this event. Additional support for local critical infrastructure comes from the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation and several other federal agencies. DHS and FBI will be providing training to participants about how they can help respond to cybersecurity threats.

By participating in a scenario game environment, participants reinforce practical skills and build relationships with other practitioners in their area. Participants for the “Big Splash” will be given a scenario of critical infrastructure in a business setting to defend as a “Blue Team” while other professionals from government, industry, and students from University of Washington Bothell Computing and Software Systems will attack the infrastructure as a “Red Team.” The goal of this exercise is to encourage proper Information Assurance and Cybersecurity practices and provide a learning forum for participants.

For more information on how to participate, please see Gerald Lau (glau@hawaii.edu).

More details on the Big Splash are available here.