2016 Winners

On behalf of Columbia | SIPA and the Atlantic Council, the SIPA Digital and Cyber Group would like to extend our congratulations to this year’s winning teams for the Inaugural NY Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge.

After two days of intense competition, four teams from three universities took the top placements. The scenario for this event revolved around a terrorist group’s exploitation of flaws in critical U.S. transportation infrastructure as well as simultaneous attacks on the financial sector. The winning teams presented the most innovative and effective solutions to this major and unprecedented fictional cyber threat against the United States. As with all Cyber 9/12 competitions, those competing represent the best and the brightest new minds in cyber.

First Place - "Black Knights" @ United States Military Academy

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Team Members: CDT Patrick Dancer, CDT Hannah Fairfield, CDT Christopher Maixner, CDT Conner Wissmann

Second Place - "Gone Phishing" @ Columbia University

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Team Members: Jonathan Hoon Song, Leo Isaac-Dognin, Thomas Lind, Anne Novak

Third Place - "Fletch-CERT" @ The Fletcher School, Tufts University

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Team Members: Alexis Nieves, Alysha Tierney, Matthew Weinberg

Fourth Place - "Anonymous Aurochs 3/4" @ Columbia University

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Team Members: Jerrel Baker, Nicholas Liu, Mena Tajrishi, Cameron Torreon  

"Best Of" Awards

Most Creative Policy Response

“Carnegie Mellon No. 1”

Team Members:

Cara Bloom, John Kotheimer, Allison Quinn, Taylor Ullrich

Best Oral Presentation

Princeton University

Team Members:

Ananya Joshi, Elkhyn Rivas Rodriguez, Peter Russell, Stephen Timmel

Best Decision Document

“Gone Phishing” @ Columbia University

Team Members:

Jonathan Hoon Song, Leo Isaac-Dognin, Thomas Lind, Anne Novak

Best Teamwork 

“Black Knights” @ USMA

Team Members:

CDT Patrick Dancer, CDT Hannah Fairfield, CDT Christopher Maixner, CDT Conner Wissmann

For additional information about #NYCyber912, please visit our main competition page at sipadcg.org/cyber912. Information about the upcoming national competition in Washington, D.C. can be found at Atlantic Council’s Cyber 9/12 page.

Photos from the event can be found on DCG’s Flickr page: flickr.com/photos/sipadcg.