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CU Partners with Sandia and Los Alamos National Labs to Host Cyber Challenge


April 2010

Tracer FIRE II (Forensic and Incident Response Exercise)

Sandia and Los Alamos National Labs recently partnered with students from the Department of Computer Science CSCI 4308-4318 Software Engineering Project 1 & 2 course to host a cyber challenge event. Dubbed Tracer FIRE II (Forensic and Incident Response Exercise), the event was held on April 2, 2010 in the Department's Computer Science Educational Labs (CSEL). The competition served two purposes: 1) fulfill a course requirement to conduct an acceptance test of the student-developed software and 2) motivate undergraduate and graduate students to study and pursue academic areas involving computer security.

The students enrolled in the Senior Project course -- Eryn Dahlstedt, Garrett Reid, Michael Pack and Sung Ryu -- selected a project proposal called Tracer FIRE, submitted by Sandia National Labs at the beginning of the fall semester. The goal of the project was to develop a software system to host a game server and score teams competing in a series of cyber security competitions designed to enhance the skills of cyber security analysts throughout the Department of Energy complex of research labs and production facilities.

The software will be used to host the next Tracer FIRE event being held at the Department of Energy's Cyber Security Conference in Atlanta, Georgia May 17-20, 2010. The game includes hundreds of technical challenges and puzzles related to cyber security in various categories such as forensics, malware reverse engineering, and network packet analysis. There are also some categories for the more mathematically inclined such as number sequencing and cryptanalysis. Researchers from Sandia and Los Alamos National Labs have designed the contest and are hoping to improve the collaboration of analysts among the various research labs and facilities throughout the Department of Energy. Sandia would also like to bring the contest back to CU as a recurring event to stimulate student interest in academic areas related to computer security.

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