ATOM Cybersecurity Strategy Challenge

“Ransomware Targeting the Healthcare and Public Health Sector in a Pandemic.”

About the Challenge

The ATOM Annual Cybersecurity Strategy Challenge purposes FIU Business and Cybersecurity students to look towards the future of cybersecurity and cyber resilience. The challenge aims to develop and refine the cybersecurity leadership skills of our FIU Business students in handling complex, evolving cybersecurity incidents that sometimes involve multi-organizations or multi-nations. FIU students will gather to assess cybersecurity threats and conduct cybersecurity risk assessment, threat identification, prevention and remediation based on a realistic situation, under this year’s challenge theme: "Ransomware Targeting the Healthcare and Public Health Sector in a Pandemic."

Tasked with a real-life business problem, purposes FIU Business and Cybersecurity students work collaboratively to form analytical and research-based perspectives, and develop collaborative, critical thinking, and research skills. Student competitors formally present their innovative solutions comprising of cybersecurity policy and strategy, to a panel of senior business and cybersecurity leaders. Winning teams receive scholarship awards and are sponsored to compete at the international Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge.


ATOM Cybersecurity Strategy Challenge Final Event
Friday, November 19, 2021
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Challenge Agenda

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Dean’s Opening Remarks
  • Keynote Presentation
  • Challenge Overview
  • Challenge Presentations
  • Networking Break
  • Challenge Presentations
  • Sponsors Remarks
  • Award Presentations & Closing Remarks

Download Challenge Agenda

Keynote Speaker

Hernán Londoño
Hernán Londoño, Ph.D.
Senior Higher Education Strategist
Dell Technologies

Dr. Hernan Londono is a Senior Higher Education Strategist with Dell Technologies and brings over 23 years of technology and leadership skills as the former Associate Vice-President for Information Technology and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Barry University. During his tenure with Barry University, Dr. Londono was responsible for both strategy and execution of all Information Technology and Information Security initiatives. During the past decade Dr. Londono has been in the advisory board of cyber security companies such as Cyphort, Vectra and SANS-Securing the Human.

Dr. Londono received Barry’s Visionary Award of Excellence 2014, and the South Florida Digital Alliance’s - Digital Advancement and Excellence Award for Education in 2016 . He earned both a BS in Computer Science, and MS in Information Technology from the Barry University and a PhD in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University.

Finalist Teams

Team A

Aquiles Bandres
Brian Levy Hara
Katherine Rizcala
Francesca Rosario

Team B

Steve Pinski
David Tamayo
Michael Lees
Connor McCormick

Team C

Sandy Ritvin
Sidhant Sharma
Darsh Sheth
Venikanta Manikonda

Team D

Diego Fajardo
Ricardo Nolasco Da Nobrega
Matthew Preetham
Srivardhan Ranga

Team E

Kinnari Patel
Aishwarya Charmarthi
Balan Venkatachalam
Rajiv Persaud

Platinum Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors FIU Business and Dell Technologies

Gold Sponsors

Gold Sponsors Next Era Energy and Assurant

Silver Sponsor

Silver Sponsor DigitalEra Group

November 19, 2021 from 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM


  • Florida International University
    Department of Information Systems & Business Analytics
    11200 SW 8th Street, RB 250
    Miami, FL 33199
    Office: 305.348.2830

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