March Madness begins for cyber defense contest

Thursday - 3/17/2011, 2:30pm EDT

It's that time of year again when you have to fill out your March Madness brackets. But not for the basketball tournament -- for the cyber defense contest.

The San Antonio Business Journal reports the city will host the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. The tournament pits teams of college-age computer whizzes against some of the best hackers in the world.

The eight teams will compete over a three-day period for the title of Cyber Defense champion and the coveted Alamo Cup.

Both the University of Maryland and the Air Force Academy have made the cut.

The contest kicks off April 7.

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