live-fire experience from cyber defense competitions

Texas A&M has won the 2007 Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. I really feel that live defense and attacking competitions help everyone involved, including spectators. Even if it is just amongst friends or at a con or even something as organized as collegiate level activity, this kind of live-fire stuff needs to grow and will continue to grow in popularity and exposure. If you get a chance to go to one of these events either as a participant or to hang out, I encourage you to go. Don’t do like I did last year and skip out on a local CyberDefense competition for no real good reasons.