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SMCC Cyber Team Takes 4th in Network Battle

South Mountain Community College’s Networking and Cyber Security Program Coordinator Mark Lierley worked with Adjunct Faculty member Jesse Huizar to lead a team of SMCC students in a Network Battle competition on April 13, and successfully took home a fourth place overall award for their efforts. Student team members included Steven Kaloczi, Francisco Alcala, and Taylor Maxey.


The event was held at the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, and was sponsored by TechData and Cisco Systems. The event was open to teams from two- and four-year colleges and universities in the Phoenix Metro area, and included teams from GCU, Evit, SCC, MCC and UAT.


Event teams competed in a simulation that tested real-world networking, security, and consulting skills and were challenged to deploy a network solution for a simulated customer. Responsibilities included the design and implementation of a secure network at the remote site to support the connectivity of an IOT endpoint that will need to communicate with the customer’s data center infrastructure. Design and implementation will include IPv4 addressing, Layer-2 and Layer-3 networking, WiFi, WAN connectivity, and general security best practices.

The SMCC’s 4th place win came from  successfully building a simulated oil well network that allowed headquarters to connect to and communicate with a remote drilling site.