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CCM Cybersecurity Students Place in Top 7 Percent in Competition

MORRIS COUNTY — Students in the CyberSecurity Club at County College of Morris (CCM) earlier this month participated in the JerseyCTF cyber competition held at NJIT, placing in the Top 7 Percent of 481 teams.

The CCM team comprised four students, Nancy Bradley of Randolph, Derrek Keyes of Roxbury, Rohan Sharma of Parsippany, and Kevin Vargas of Randolph. During the competition, they completed challenging cybersecurity puzzles using their knowledge of web development, cryptography, and forensics skills. The team finished in 30th place. Faculty advisors for the club are IT Professors Colleen Carmeli and Dawn Rywalt.

The CyberSecurity Club meets weekly and is open to all major students. CCM is the first community college in the state to be designated as a Center of Academic Excellence for Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency, a designation it has held since 2017.

According to the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) website (Click here), “An educational institution designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity has met the rigorous requirements outlined by the program’s sponsor, the National Security Agency (NSA). Designated institutions commit to producing high-quality cybersecurity professionals to safeguard the U.S. national infrastructure.”

To learn about the programs the Department of Information Technologies at CCM offers, click here.

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Frank L. Cahill
Frank L. Cahill
Publisher of Parsippany Focus since 1989 and Morris Focus since 2019, both covering a wide range of events. Mr. Cahill serves as the Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, President of Kiwanis Club of Tri-Town and Chairman of Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board.
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