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UMUC pools students' work experience to field winning cyberdefense team

UMUC pools students' work experience to field winning cyberdefense team

They have no marching band, no home arena and no shot at landing on ESPN, but the University of Maryland University College's cyberdefense team is among the world's best.

The Cyber Padawans — a name that references Jedi knights in training in the "Star Wars" movie franchise — recently took first place in the Global CyberLympics, an international competition held in Barcelona, Spain. The team qualified for the event by finishing first in North America, then won the international title over a defending champ from the Netherlands composed of employees of a professional networking company.

In October, the Padawans also triumphed in Baltimore at the Maryland...

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