Although, things have been quiet on the blog, we've been extremely busy here at MindPoint. At the end of July we registered for the Global Cyberlympics run by the EC Council. We had never done one of these before so we just took some volunteers and set out to see what it was all about. I think we made a respectable showing, just missing advancing to the second round.
A few weeks later we kicked of a major IT project which includes the overhaul of our Cyber Security Research and Development Lab. This is a key initiative for us because of our focus on recruiting the best talent, providing opportunities for people to advance their skills, and then providing that skill and experience to clients and sharing it with the community. We are still implementing the project, but should close out the entire initiative by the end of the year.
Lastly, after our initial foray into cyber competitions, we decided to field a team for the Maryland Cyber Challenge and Conference. Round 1 involved more than 300 teams among the three divisions (high school, college, and professional) competing in a host remediation challenge. We managed to survive the massive cut to be one of the 10 teams competing in round 2. Round 2 was a forensics-focused competition into which the team poured a lot of time and effort. We thought we had done a decent job, but without knowing how our competitors had done we just had to wait a couple days for the results.
This past Monday (10/8) we found out that we were among the 8 teams that made it to the finals. So, next Wednesday our team heads to Baltimore to compete in the finals where we'll battle it out in a capture the flag competition among the other 8 teams. I want to commend our guys for a great effort thus far, and wish them luck in the finals.