BYU students receive top cybersecurity award

Talented computer hackers can bring a website, business or even a nation to its knees by halting or destroying computer systems and computer networks. A survey conducted by Juniper Networks and the Poneman Institute in August 2011, revealed that 90 percent of organizations sustained at least one data breach in the past year.

To counter this growing trend is a multi-billion dollar industry focused on cybersecurity. To promote cybersecurity, commercial, government and academic organizations hold events containing cybersecurity exercises during which participants try to exploit opponents' services while defending their own. At the Mitre Cyber Challenge 2011 held in August, a team of BYU undergraduate and graduate students placed first in the nation.

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