MAGIC announces winners from 3rd Capture the Flag Ethical Hacking cybersecurity competition

MAGIC, the economic development non-profit organization focused on technology and broadband infrastructure in Westminster, MD held its third cybersecurity competition on April 22nd at the Community Media Center in Westminster, MD. Over 50 students competed in two divisions in two locations in a timed competition solving a wide range of cybersecurity problems in a “jeopardy” style format. Uniquely positioned as an entry level beginner competition, the program is growing rapidly and involved students from three counties and eight educational institutions.

The Winners

Beginner division

  1. First place: “We’re Out” (Daniel Cleaver, Beau Dickens, Jonathan Woodward);
  2. Second place: “FCC Cyber 2” (Christian Lowe, Tiffany Anders, Matt Reiser);
  3. Third place: “FCC Cyber 1” (Brandon Hertel, Brandon Skipper, Derek Sappington)

Intermediate division

  1. First place: “Team Unethical” (Joey Magitti, Josh Wenderoth, Graham Harrison);
  2. Second place: “F@1c0ns” (Chris Windsor, Sam Koyfman).

Student competitors represented Carroll County Public Schools, Gerstell Academy, the Carroll Career and Tech Center, Frederick County Public Schools, Carroll Community College, Frederick Community College, McDaniel College, and University of Maryland University College.

The 3rd CTF was sponsored by Ting Internet, CTC Technology and Energy, and Carroll Community College.

Supporters include the Community Media Center, Carroll County Public Library, the City of Westminster, Infopathways/Freedom Broadband, and Kojak Graphics.

The event was live streamed on the MAGIC Facebook page (MAGICWestMD) and can be viewed there.

MAGIC measures its economic development impact on three outcomes: job creation, new company creation or recruitment, and new investment dollars into the community.

“MAGIC’s unique and unconventional approach to workforce development and the cultivation of tech entrepreneurs matches bright students with employers through engaging and educational programs like these CTF competitions,” said Tyler Sturgill of ChainBridge Financial, and MAGIC Board member.

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MAGIC (the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory) is a non-profit 501c(3) technology incubator in Westminster, MD fostering economic development, creating technology jobs, and nurturing innovation and technology start-ups, leveraging the gigabit services enabled by the Westminster Fiber Network. For additional information about MAGIC, contact Robert Wack, 443- 340-3227, or email rwack@magicinc.org.

The City of Westminster is building the Westminster Fiber Network, the only community wide gigabit fiber network in the mid-Atlantic region. The City sponsors many other community events through the year. For additional information, please see the City web page (www.westgov.com) or call 410-848-9000.

Carroll Community College is a public, open admissions, associate-degree-granting college serving Carroll County, MD with baccalaureate preparation programs, career education, workforce and business development, and personal and cultural enrichment opportunities. Media Contact: Sylvia Blair, phone 410-386-8411; email SBlair@carrollcc.edu.