FHSU's Tiger Net Challenge teaches students to defend against attack
04/07/09 bdb local
HAYS, Kan. -- With the role of computers and computer networks changing and evolving daily, the security and integrity of these systems is more important than ever and, because of this, security and network professionals are in high demand.
Fort Hays State University is helping educate the students that will meet this need by hosting the Tiger Net Challenge, a virtual networking competition for Cisco Networking Academy students from schools, colleges and universities from Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska, that focuses on network maintenance and security.
The competition, scheduled for Wednesday, April 15, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., will be hosted online with competing teams connecting to the FHSU network through the Internet.
Teams will compete in three events covering different areas of network security and maintenance.
"Router Wars" is an event in which teams compete in real-time to capture control of a network. The best defense in any game is knowing your opponents' strategies. By learning how to launch malicious attacks on a network through events like this, students gain a new perspective while defending against such attacks in jobs after graduation. The activity will be conducted through a secure connection, SSH, with free software connection software like PuTTY.
"Net Bowl" is a real-time quiz bowl format event that tests a student's knowledge about networking in general. The event will be conducted using a program called WebEx, an online browser-based meeting service.
The final challenge teams will face is "Network Troubleshooting," in which students are tasked to repair a pre-designed virtual network using Cisco's Packet Tracer v5.1 software. This software allows students to emulate a complex network without all the expensive hardware, which they can use to hone troubleshooting and repair skills. The latest version of this software can be found on Cisco's website through the Academy Connection.
The competition includes separate high school and college/university divisions from Cisco Networking Academies. Teams are made up of five students. Institutions can enter as many as four teams each.
The best part about this exciting competition? It's free, with no travel or registration fees. For more information or to register, visit the Web site for the event at http://www.fhsu.edu/int/tigernetchallenge/.