GRU to participate in regional cyber defense competition

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Georgia Regents University is one of eight institutions set to participate in the regional Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) being held April 7-8 at Kennesaw State University.

The Southeast CCDC, as part of the National CCDC, is a competition in which students participate in the operational task of managing and protecting an existing commercial network infrastructure.

Out of the 24 universities that competed last month in the Southeast CCDC’s annual Virtual Preliminary Qualification, GRU ranked among the top eight schools which secured them a spot in the regional meet.

The winning team from regionals will then move on to compete in San Antonio, Texas, at the National CCDC, the largest college-level cyber defense competition in the United States. The competition will be held at the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk April 24-26.

“This is the first time GRU has participated in this competition, and to make it to regionals is testament of not only the quality of our curriculum, but the hard work of our students,” said Joanne Sexton, Director for GRU’s Cyber Security Educational Initiatives.

The GRU team members included the following students:


Michael Banks, Applied Information Systems and Technologies

Chad Reynolds, Computer Science

Katherine Wright, Computer Science

John Bourassa, Accounting

Jim Pinckney, Applied Information Systems and Technologies

Dazmon Callaham, Computer Science

Jeremy Scott, Computer Science

Joseph Reis, Applied Information Systems and Technologies






Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges and schools, which include the Medical College of Georgia – the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school – the nationally ranked Hull College of Business and Georgia’s only College of Dental Medicine. The clinical enterprise associated with the university includes the 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center and the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia. GRU is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution.




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