Baker College takes on the world in cyber security competition

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FLINT (WJRT) - Baker College's Cyber Defense Team normally takes on the best in the state and sometimes the best in the country and often come away victorious. But Saturday they took on a whole different level of competition.

"You're really going against the best in the world, not just the country either,” said Doug Witten, program director of Cyber Security for Baker College.

So who were they competing against?

“They're either in Russia, China, and Germany,” said Witten. “But you know to get out of something normally we don't do, it was a heck of a challenge.

The group of students took on these fierce competitors in a Russian Capture the Flag event Saturday. The event pit hackers from all over the world to find security flaws while also attacking other teams.

"This is more specific to application security, rather than the system securities, we pretty much specialize in system security," said Witten.

Baker College wasn't the only team to perform in Flint on Saturday. A group of high school students representing Davison, Lapeer, Grand Blanc and Genesee Intermediate School District formed a team as well.

"I think it's a great opportunity they get to do something in a field that's in huge demand and pays a high salary,” said Zachary Evans, an IT teacher at Davison High School. “You know it's something that they can check out to see if it's something they want to do later in life or learn about it on their own."

The event began at 5 a.m. and ran for nine hours.

"It’s been a heck of a challenge and I think Zach said it best the toughest challenge was getting up,” said Witten. “Most of us here you can see the long eyes."

The Baker team finished 84th of the 299 teams that competed, good enough for fourth highest of the 26 United States teams. The high school team came in at 194th.

Baker College hopes that the experience gained during the Russian Capture the Flag event will pay off come February as they look for their 4th consecutive State title.



 
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