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On Saturday, April 28, a team of five Harford Community College students participated in the Baltimore Cyber Range (BCR) Security Operations Center/Defensive Operations Exercise Scenarios held at the BCR, located in the SPARK building at the Power Plant Live square in downtown Baltimore. The BCR and the State of Maryland are making this unique one-day cyber range experience available to community college students across the state as part of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation-sponsored Advanced Cyber Security Training grant. Harford was the first community college in Maryland to participate in the training opportunity; students from other community colleges in the state will also be training at the range in the near future.

Students Nathan Benson, Trevor Dunn, Larrisa Franco, Joshua Gibson, and Elyse Levy composed Harford Community College's Cyber Team for this event. Frank Mayer, M. S., CISSP, adjunct faculty member at the College, took the lead in coordinating this valuable opportunity for the students; term faculty member Madrice Guy, M.S., C|EH, C|NDA, Sec+, provided support and observed the training, and HCC’s Cybersecurity Subject Matter Expert Dr. Portia Crowe worked with the College’s Office of Communications to outfit the team with HCC spirit wear for the event.

The exercise included sophisticated defensive operations scenarios that included real world threats. The team prepared for the event by reviewing training videos on their own and also by meeting to train hands-on in the cyber lab on several occasions, practicing skills such as performing computer system log reviews on both Linux and Windows systems and using tools such as Windows Sysinternals and Putty that were critical to executing the scenarios.

Bruce Spector, Chairman of the Baltimore Cyber Range, along with other BCR staff, noted how well prepared the HCC team was for the event. Their hard work was evident in their ability to complete both the Web Defacement and SQL Injection scenarios on time and to execute the 68 associated tasks to standard.

The participating students will receive a certificate and the BCR staff will follow up with the students to assist them with achieving their goal of a career in cybersecurity.

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