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After dominating the collegiate cyber defense circuit last year, Hack@UCF was recognized for best overall performance of the year based on 21 cybersecurity competitions spanning from June 2014 to May 2015.

UCF’s Cyber Defense Club took home the Collegiate Cybersecurity Championship Cup for best overall performance of 2015, marking the club’s second consecutive year receiving the honor.

The team’s faculty advisor, Thomas Nedorost, said in a press release that the honor is the crowning achievement of collegiate cybersports covering offensive, defensive and digital forensics at the highest competitive level.

“To have received this top honor for two consecutive years is a clear testament to the quality of our students and our cyber program at UCF,” he said. “It’s our students whose self-guided initiative, problem-solving abilities, and enduring commitment to excellence continue to impress and inspire me every day.”

The award program, run by the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security, is designed to encourage student participation and considers each school’s best 12 competition scores to elect a winner.

It is additionally supported through a grant from the Cyber Security Division in the Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security.

Some of the team’s most notable finishes included first place in last year’s National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, the Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition and second in the 2014 MITRE’s STEM CTF.

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Daniela Marin is a digital producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @dan__marin or email her at DanielaM@CentralFloridaFuture.com.

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