Iowa State cyber security experts make virtual lab available for classrooms, competitions

“The red team is watching,” warns the web brochure about the Cyber Defense Competitions at Iowa State University.

The red team is typically made up of industry professionals and graduate students. Their goal for an eight-hour cyber competition is to hack into the computer networks set up by as many as 200 students divided into various blue teams.

The university now sponsors separate competitions for teams of Iowa State students, teams of community college students, teams of high school students and teams of top college students from across the country. About 600 students participate in Iowa State competitions every year.

The competitions are made possible by ISEAGE (ice age, the Internet-Scale Event and Attack Generation Environment) developed by Iowa State’s Information Assurance Center with support from the U.S. Department of Justice. The technology creates a virtual Internet for cyber security research and training.

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