For Immediate Release:
April 7, 2017
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
Laurel Ridge’s cybersecurity team, The Crashers, will compete in the finals of the RUSecureCTF cybersecurity competition April 29 at Radford University.
The team placed fourth in the preliminary competition in late March, scoring 18,750 points. The first-place team had 19,100 points. There were 63 teams, representing community colleges and high schools, competing in the event.
“The Crashers spent many hours solving the challenges given in Cryptography, Forensics, Windows, Linux, Reconnaissance, and Networking,” Cybersecurity Program Manager and IT Professor Henry Coffman says. “This is a great learning experience for all of us in the program, regardless of winning. Passion leads to success in this discipline. The team has that passion.”
Team members are Trevor Riley-Jewell, Matt Cascio, Harvey Ruth, Traci Roomsburg and Joshua Fetty. There will be seven teams competing in the finals.
Each member of the top 12 teams in the contest will receive an Arduino Starter Kit. Each member of the teams who made the finals will receive a Raspberry Pi kit. The prizes are thanks to a National Security Agency grant.
The National Security Agency has designated Laurel Ridge a National Center for Academic Excellence in CyberDefense.
The field of cybersecurity is expected to grow by 37 percent through 2022, and has a median pay of nearly $87,000. Laurel Ridge offers both an associate degree in cybersecurity, and a career studies certificate that can be completed in just one year.
For more information about Laurel Ridge’s cybersecurity program, email [email protected]
Founded in 1970, Laurel Ridge Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. Laurel Ridge offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. Laurel Ridge also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. Laurel Ridge serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.
Laurel Ridge Community College (Laurel Ridge) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Laurel Ridge Community College. Laurel Ridge Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. Laurel Ridge also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.
Laurel Ridge Community College was known as Lord Fairfax Community College until June 2022. For consistency purposes, the college will be referenced as Laurel Ridge going forward.