Nov 1, 2017

UTSA Cyber Security Teams Place at Panoply Security Competition 2017

UTSA Computer Science students put their pen testing, hacking, and network defense skills to the test at the 2017 (ISC)2 Security Congress in Austin, Texas. The (ISC)2 hosted 55 competing teams in the Panoply network defense competition.

Panoply is conducted by the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security and the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition and was free to all conference attendees in a multi-session format.

During Panoply, competitors virtually access a target and defend it from other competitors. Points were awarded every time the target was functional when checked by officials. Throughout the competition new resources are added to the common pool, forcing teams to choose between defending existing assets and going after new    targets. The team with the highest point total at the end of the     competition wins.

In short, Panoply is akin to the outdoor game “Capture the Flag,” but in a digital game format using cyber networking skills.

Out of the 55 teams that competed nationally, all three teams with students from UTSA placed in the top ten.


3rd Place Team:

Julian Chan [Junior, Computer Science]

Anthony Hoang [Junior, Computer Science]

Luca Hoffman [Junior, Cyber Security]

Can Vo [Sophomore, Computer Science]


6th Place Team:

Chelsea Hicks [PhD, Information Technology]

Alex Klepal [Senior, Cyber Security & Information Systems dual major]

Nick Mata [1st year MS, Information Technology],

Mitchell Moser [Senior, Information Security & Cyber Security]


7th Place Team:

Michael Poznecki [Senior, Computer Science]

Tyler Rasmussen [Junior, Computer Science]

Emanuel Lopez [Junior, Cyber Security]

Andrew Sneed [Junior, Computer Science]