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UW-Eau Claire team places high in CypherCon 5.3 RC3 competition

| Steve Ranis

Photo caption: UW-Eau Claire participants in CypherCon 5.3 RC3 were (from left) Tyler Bauer, Ben Kirkwood, J.J. Wertkin, Ben Hancock, Treesmorn Tanboonrith and Steve Ranis. (Photo by Bill Hoepner)

A team of UW-Eau Claire computer science students — Tyler Bauer, Ben Hancock, Ben Kirkwood, Treesmorn Tanboonrith and J.J. Wertkin — accompanied by Steve Ranis, information security officer and Learning and Technology Services liaison for the computer science department, attended the CypherCon 5.3 RC3 conference April 28-30 at Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee.

The team placed fourth out of 23 teams in a "Capture the Con" competition involving many challenges related to a variety of information security topics. A major section of Capture the Con was an activity involving wireless network security. 

The CypherCon 5.3 RC3 consisted of seminars and several activities that taught security, both physical and digital. Throughout the two days, the team completed many challenges that both tested current abilities and developed new skills. The students are grateful to the computer science department for providing this opportunity to explore their interests in this expanding field.