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County College of Morris cybersecurity students place in top 7 percent in competition

Using Their Skills to Solve Cybersecurity Puzzles

RANDOLPH TOWNSHIP, NJ (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 was made up of four students, Nancy Bradley of Randolph Township, Derrek Keyes of Roxbury Township, Rohan Sharma of Parsippany-Troy Hills, and Kevin Vargas of Randolph Township.

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 students in all majors. CCM has the distinction of being 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, “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 offered by the Department of Information Technologies at CCM, click here.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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