Danville Community College’s Cyber Knights Club represented DCC at Virginia Military Institute’s Cyberfusion Conference during the Virginia Cyber Cup Competition earlier this year. Among the competing institutions were the University of Virginia, George Mason University, James Madison University and Virginia Tech. DCC competitors were Zachary Jones, Analisa Gordon, Harold Moore, Charles Gilbert, Christopher Irving, and Christopher White, coached by James Adkins and Steven Carrigan.

Special to the Register & Bee

Danville Community College was represented by the Cyber Knights Club at the annual Virginia Military Institute cyber security competition, the Virginia Cyber Cup Competition, as part of its annual Cyberfusion Conference.

The Cyber Knights placed 11th in the final rankings, with the top six institutions being four-year universities.

“I am very proud of my students and the courage it took to compete against other universities and community colleges in the state,” said DCC assistant professor of information technology and DCC cyber center director Steven Carrigan.

The DCC Cyber Knights competitors were Zachary Jones, Analisa Gordon, Harold Moore, Charles Gilbert, Christopher Irving and Christopher White. Their coaches were Carrigan and James Adkins.

In the conference, competing teams tackle problems in scenarios designed to model real-world computer security challenges across a range of categories that include cryptography, network traffic analysis, reverse engineering and steganography.

An understanding of historical and modern security vulnerabilities is helpful to gain the most of this experience. With challenges ranging from introductory to advanced, this competition is designed to both test skills and teach concepts, according to VMI’s website.

Danville Community College is a two-year institution of higher education under the state-wide Virginia Community College System. DCC’s service area includes the City of Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Halifax County. For more information about the college’s more than 100 programs of study, visit www.danville.edu.

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