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Tufts students compete in cyber challenge

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Three teams from Tufts, including a team of computer science and international relations majors, competed at the recent Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge.
Four students pose with a poster for the 9/12 Competition.
From left to right: Team members Brendan Brennan, August Moore, Grant Versfeld, and Dylan Hoffmann.

Tufts University fielded three teams in the fall Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge held at Columbia University in New York City on November 8 and 9.  One team consisted of undergraduate students from Tufts: Brendan Brennan, A21; August Moore, A21; Grant Versfeld, A21; and Dylan Hoffmann, A20. Moore, Versfield, and Hoffmann are computer science majors, while Brennan is an international relations major.

The other two teams, FSociety and Team Zeno, were comprised of graduate students from The Fletcher School. Jackie Faselt, Ben Ballard, Melanie Barlow, and Andrew Seligson of FSociety won the competition, and the runner-up teams were from Wellesley College and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University .

Cyber 9/12 is a unique competition designed to provide students across academic disciplines with a deeper understanding of the policy challenges associated with cyber crisis and conflict. Students interact with expert mentors and cybersecurity professionals while attempting to solve problems like assessing the impact of a major cyber attack, considering national responsibilities, and thinking through response options for the government and private sectors.  Congratulations to the teams!