UMO Student Ties for First Place at TechNet Hacker Competition

UMO Student Ties for First Place at TechNet Hacker Competition

MOUNT OLIVE- David Meza, a senior management information systems (MIS) major from Bogotá, Colombia, tied for first place at the TechNet Hacker Competition at the 2015 Technet Symposium. The competition was recently held in Fayetteville.

Meza competed against 29 other professionals in the field of cybersecurity for the Cyber Attacks Skills Competition. Meza was able to put his knowledge of virtual networks, internet protocols, and database exploitations to use in the competition. Conference attendees took notice of Meza as a product of the University of Mount Olive, giving the institution invaluable exposure.

“I now better understand the need of cyber-security professionals in the technology field, which has recently become one of the highest paid jobs with the greatest demand in the tech industry,” said Meza. “This accomplishment will increase my visibility to potential employers, and I will be proud to mention it in my résumé and interviews. It was an amazing experience and helped me realize that the computer security field might be a career that I want to pursue and inquire further about.”

The symposium demonstrated new, innovative ideas and shared best practices that promote valuable results to technology challenges faced by our military today. The conference built solutions while providing a unique opportunity for differing opinions and positions to be expressed and debated.

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