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NSU Wins Fall Classic Cyberwars Competition

Aniya Brown

Jaemond Reyes

Amon Thomas


Computer Science undergraduate students Aniya Brown,  Jaemond Reyes and Amon Thomas won the SANS+HBCU Cyber Range Fall Classic Cyberwars competition. Also known as NetWars, the tournament occurred over a two-day period Oct. 26 and 27. The Norfolk State team competed against five other HBCU teams, most of whom had five team members to NSU’s three member team. The other schools were UVI, Benedict College, NC A&T, Hampton University and Bowie State.

The winning prize was a trophy, a SANS coin and a $200 Amazon gift card for each student. Even more importantly, however, each of these NSU students has been invited to compete in the Tournament of Champions to be held in Washington, D.C. in December.

The SANS Institute was launched as a cooperative for information security thought leadership “to empower cyber security professionals with the practical skills and knowledge they need to make our world a safer place.” The SANS+HBCU Committee of the institute was created as “a bridge to diversify cybersecurity with innovative Black talent from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”

This tournament win further establishes Norfolk State’s leadership in cybersecurity training through the NSU Information Research, Education and Development Institute (IAREDI). Learn more about NSU IA-REDI at and see how they’re leading in cybersecurity training and preparing students to compete on the highest levels.

A recording of the Net Wars scoring is available as a You Tube video at

SANS+HBCU Cyber Range Fall Classic Cyberwars VC - Oct 26 & 27, 2021
HBCU Cyber Range Tournament Flyer