About Us

Who are we?

We pride ourselves on the diversity of our group and we take in all skill sets and majors. In fact, some of the best team members have been business or math majors. The most commonly shared trait of our team members is that they didn't know anything when they first joined the team. We accept any students interested in cybersecurity, regardless of major or year; the cyber defense industry is growing too quickly for us to be picky.

What do we do?

We hold annual introductory labs in September, and build and use practice environments throughout the year. In October and November we hold practice competitions in simulated business environments that we build ourselves. Building and defending setups like these allow students to get hands on experience. The defensive strategies that we develop will help hold down an enterprise environment from industry professional hackers at the North East Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NECCDC).

The primary goal of the team, and its original purpose, is to compete in competitions across New England. The primary competition we compete in is the NECCDC. NECCDC is primarily a defensive competition, although we do participate in offensive competitions such as the Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC). We have also been to CyberSeed and competed in their general and social engineering-focused Capture the Flag competitions. We have even competed in the National Cyber League (NCL) in the past.

Where do we come from?

The University of Maine Cybersecurity Team was founded in 2009 through a collaborative effort by students Joseph Fasulo and Lucas Wood, as well as Professor George Markowsky. The team was formed in order to compete in the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NECCDC), and has sent a team to every NECCDC since 2009. The Team has also taken part in volunteer efforts such as Vigilant Guard, The Maine Hello, and Maine Day. Alumni from the Team have gone on to work for organizations like the UMaine System, MITRE, SecureWorks, nVisium, Cisco and beyond.

Where to find us

This semester we'll be meeting remotely. Join our Discord or send us an email for a meeting invite! We meet twice a week, 5:30PM on Wednesdays and 12:00PM on Saturdays.