Cyber Defense Team Earns 4th place in Highly Competitive Competition


This year marked the 4th time that the UNCW Cyber Defense team competed in the annual Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (SECCDC), a region of the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. UNCW Cyber Defense Team (CDC) successfully represented UNCW at the Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (SECCDC) and came back to UNCW with 4th place out of 24 teams that started the competition. The team members comprised of MIS, CIT, CS and MS CSIS majors prepared for this competition since the beginning of Fall 2014. As a part of the preparation, all of the team members along with some other Cyber Defense Club members participated at the National Cyber League, which is a national capture the flag competition, and ranked in the top 10% individually and as a team. Our students successfully represented UNCW, and won 4th place in the two day competition that took place at Kennesaw State University in April. SECCDC focuses on the operational aspect of managing and protecting (defending) an existing network infrastructure. Teams are assessed based on their ability to detect and respond to outside threats, maintain availability of existing services such as mail servers and web servers, respond to business requests such as the addition or removal of additional services, and balance security needs against business needs. The team's advisor is Ulku Clark. Team members and more information...



CEN Graduation Dinner

6 p.m. - Bluewater Grill


Annual Business Plan Competition

1 p.m. - CIS 1013


MSA Advisory Board Meeting

7:45 a.m. - CH 104


Beta Sigma Gamma Induction Ceremony

5:30 p.m. - CH 105


Last Day of Classes


Outstanding CSB Graduates Luncheon


Final Exams


UNCW/CSB Spring Graduation

2 p.m. - Trask.
Cameron Graduation Information


Summer 1 Term Begins


The Eighth Annual Business Plan Competition was held on April 24th. The competition was open to senior Entrepreneurship and Business Development students. Forty students submitted comprehensive business plans for their EBD 490 course. They also did oral presentations of their plans in the Sales Lab. Dr. Steve Harper, the Professor for EBD 490 then invited four students to compete in the Business Plan Competition. Rob Baratta, Olivia Cappelletti, Michael Clounie, and Kelly Rawers were the finalists this year. He indicated that choosing the students was more difficult than any year in the past because of an even higher level of quality of the plans this year.

TekMountain at Castle Branch is the Master Sponsor again this year. It has contributed $5,000 for the cash prizes. The winner will receive $1,500. Each of the other finalists will receive $1,100. Additional sponsors that are providing financial support for the competition and services for the winner include: McGladrey, Ward & Smith, Blu Zeus, Meridien Marketing and Logistics, South Coast Investments, SpecialtySoft, The Beck Foundation, and The Cameron School of Business.

The judges for the competition were Joe Finley - Chief Business Development Officer, for TekMountain at Castle Branch, Tobin Geatz - Principal, Seahawk Innovation, Jeannette King, President of Specialty Soft, and Justin Queen - CEO/President of Blu Zeus. Serving as presentation coaches are: Paul Baron - Serial Entrepreneur and Principal for Seahawk Innovation and Wells Struble - CFO, CloudWyze.


The 12th annual Wilmington Information Technology eXchange Conference (WITX) occured on April 14. This year’s conference focused on growing technology businesses in southeast North Carolina and making IT departments more innovative.

Over 440 Wilmington area IT (Information Technology) professionals and students attended this year's WITX to learn about technological innovations and advancements in such diverse fields as human psychology, mobile forensics, cyber defense and tablet computing. Conference exhibitors included UNCW students, faculty, staff, tekMountain, CIE and MakerSpace and representatives from leading technology vendors. WITX also included six Ignite speakers, where presenters shared their personal and professional passions in just five minutes using 20 slides. This popular series takes place in over 100 cities worldwide.

The conference was underwritten by Castle Branch and tekMountain. Learn more about the keynote presentations..


CastleBranch/tekMountain has agreed to a 5-year sponsorship of WITX (Wilmington Information Technology eXchange). Hosted at UNCW, the annual conference brings together students, faculty, staff and local information technology professionals to share their experiences and demonstrate their leading technology endeavors.

Now in its twelfth year, the 2015 conference focused on growing technology businesses in southeast North Carolina and making IT departments more innovative. A premier sponsor of this past year’s event, CastleBranch/tekMountain decided to not only renew its contract, but up its investment.

“We view our relationship with WITX as a tremendous investment opportunity – an investment in the tech future of our community,” said Joe Finley, president of CastleBranch/tekMountain. “We are committed to Wilmington and believe that the best years are ahead of us. Our commitment to WITX comes from a desire to be an agent of change in the community." More...

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