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DENVER - In light of the major security breaches at Target and Marriott hotels, college students are learning how to heed the next cyber-security attack.

Regis University is hosting the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition Friday to teach students how to manage and protect a commercial network.

The goal is to see who can put up the best defense system for a simulated webhosting site from hackers.

Cyber security experts will attempt to break into virtual security barriers created by students.

The competition includes students from Regis University, the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the University of New Mexico and the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

The winning team receives an all-expense paid trip to the Nationals against other regional competition winners.

The national competition will be held in San Antonio, Texas April 25-27.

Data connected to Target credit and debit card accounts were stolen as part of a security breach. The security breach that occurred over Thanksgiving weekend affected 40 million customers. It was the second-largest credit card breach in U.S. history.

Worried about personal privacy online? Cyber security experts from Regis University have five recommendations for online personal privacy:

1. Use strong passwords.
2. Be knowledgeable about phishing and spear phishing attacks
3. Update your anti-virus and system update software.
4. Use credit cards, not debit cards for online payment
5. Secure portable smart devices (e.g. Bluetooth and wireless connections) and encrypt when possible.

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