How a Delawarean engineered the Fightin' Phils' big deal. Plus, Homeland Security takes a very close look at Wilmington U., the next Elena Delle Donne?, and more.
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Delaware’s Most Wanted?
Homeland Security is more than mildly interested in a group of Wilmington University students.
Aaron Hampton, Mike Pancoast, David Konopka and Mike Logue—aka Team Name—rocked the latest Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center Digital Forensic Challenge, placing first in the undergraduate category—fifth in the world—among the 1,040 teams from 53 countries that were trying to find mock breaches in cyber security. “These students have no idea what they’ve done,” says Mark Hufe, chair of WU’s Computer and Network Security degree program. “They’re under the spotlight with the FBI, NSA and Homeland Security, but for all the right reasons.” The team scored a free trip to the 2011 U.S. Department of Defense Cyber Crime Conference in January. After a team from Wilmington U. won the same challenge in 2010, two students scored jobs as senior forensics specialists at the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center. The same may be in store for members of Team Name. (Computer and network security is the second fastest-growing occupation in the country.) Blocking hackers is an important skill, but what most techs want to crack is steganography, the practice of embedding secret messages in other messages—a skill Osama bin Laden and other terrorists have mastered. “The future looks promising for our students,” says Hufe. “Their skills mean jobs, jobs, jobs.” —Maria Hess
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