Westminster, MD – The Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory, Inc. (MAGIC), will recognize six student competitors for an unprecedented achievement at a dinner hosted by Frederick Memorial Hospital on Thursday, January 18th, 2018 at 6 pm. The six students from the Frederick area are the first to ever successfully complete every problem in the MAGIC Ethical Hacking Capture the Flag (CTF) Cybersecurity competitions. In addition to celebrating their achievement, we want the teams to make valuable connections with cybersecurity professionals.
For the first time ever, two teams completed the entire set of cybersecurity puzzles. First place team, The Green Team, included Daniel Cleaver, Jonathan Woodward, and Joshua Woodward, who competed at the Community Media Center of Carroll County in Westminster, MD. Second place team, FCC Cyber, included Adam Boretos, Brandon Hertel, and Christian Lowe, who competed at the C. Burr Artz Public Library in Frederick, MD.

MAGIC conducts CTF competitions as part of a cybersecurity workforce development initiative to introduce students to the rapidly growing field of cybersecurity. High school and college students with little or no prior experience can learn, explore, master, and demonstrate a variety of cyber skills, working alongside cyber and IT professionals.
CTF 004 sponsors include Point3 Security, Carroll Community College, Carroll County Public Library, System Source, InfoPathways, and the Community Media Center of Carroll County, as well as numerous other cybersecurity and IT professionals working as volunteer coaches. MAGIC would like to thank Gold Sponsors CTC Energy and Telecommunications and the Community Media Center of Carroll County, Silver Sponsors Carroll Community College and Google Fiber, Bronze Sponsors Carroll Hospital Center and Point3 Security, as well as Barnes Bollinger Insurance and InfoPathways. MAGIC is also supported by the City of Westminster and a grant from Hill Development Group, LLC.
The next MAGIC CTF 005, an entry level ethical hacking cybersecurity competition for high school and college students, will be held Saturday, April 21, 2018, featuring expanded locations across Maryland and North Carolina, as well as additional sites throughout the U.S. Contact Amy Rupp (arupp@magicinc.org) for further details about coaching/mentoring, volunteering, or sponsorship opportunities.