Oregon sysadmin wins SANS NetWars competition

Jeff McJunkin, systems administrator for the city of Central Point, Ore., came away with top honors in the NetWars competition held during the 2011 SANS Network Security Conference, held in September in Las Vegas.

NetWars is a cornerstone of the U.S. Cyber Challenge, a multi-pronged effort to identify, develop and recruit the thousands of people with the native skills to supply the nation’s cybersecurity workforce needs. Challenge efforts include cyber boot camps for students and professionals, as well as student competitions at the high school and college levels.

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NetWars, developed by the SANS Institute, is an online program played out on five skill levels, targeted primarily at working professionals. Players analyze code, find vulnerabilities and evaluate traffic, and must answer questions to move to the next level, competing one-on-one rather than in teams. Although it is an online tool, until recently NetWars has been played only in tournament settings, where a number of players gather in a single location and compete over two or three days.

McJunkin has a bachelor of science in computer security from Southern Oregon University and came to IT security from a large-scale enterprise administration background. He also has taught classes in networking, security, forensics and systems administration.

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