Vermont Tech student takes first place in computer skills tournament

For immediate release
April 11, 2012

Martha Trombley Oakes
Phone: 802.728.1732
Email: [email protected]

Randolph, VT — April 10, 2012 — Chad Weber, a software engineering major, took first place in the SANS 2012 NetWars hacking tournament, a computer and network security challenge designed to represent real-world security issues, their flaws and their resolutions. Each player follows an independent path based on individual problem solving skills, technical skills, aptitude, and creativity. The challenge is played in a fun but safe environment using the technology that drives our lives every day.

“It’s all like a big puzzle to me,” said Weber, a North Bennington native who worked as a technical support specialist before attending Vermont Tech. “You really challenge yourself and you learn what you need to learn.”

The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Its programs now reach more than 165,000 security professionals around the world. The NetWars competition was held in Orlando, Florida, in March, during an international training conference.

“Chad took great initiative to pursue this challenge and came out on top by winning the tournament. He has become an inspiration to many students in our department,” said Professor Jean Hakim, chair of Vermont Tech’s Computer and Information Systems Department. “With this major win by one of our software engineering students, we hope that we continue the momentum and build on it for further expansion and enhancement in our program.”

Vermont Tech’s Computer Software Engineering program is designed to fill both educational and workforce gaps in computer and information technology within the state of Vermont. The program is sponsored in part by a National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education grant. Graduates are employed as computer and information systems managers, management analysts, computer system designers, database administrators, forensic computer analysis, software engineers, website designers and developers, and software publishers.

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