All Hail the College Cyberdefense Champions

Aug. 15, 2016

Heather Lawrence is the president of Hack@UCF, the team of college students from the University of Central Florida that won this summer's National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. She and her teammate, Alex Davis, are part of a 180-student club that has taken three consecutive championships in the country’s largest cyberdefense competition of its kind. On this episode of the Cybersecurity Podcast, these student champions discuss what it's like to be part of such a high-stakes competition, what young people can do to make sure they remain ethical hackers, and how they plan to adapt to the quick-changing nature of technology. 

Also on this episode, podcast cohost Passcode's Sara Sorcher discusses the hacker community's reticence to adapt to politics infiltrating the traditionally hardcore DEF CON hacker conference. New America's Peter Singer shares some stories from an unusual Mad Scientist conference meant to help shape the way the Army fights wars in the future.