DSU Wins Cyber Defense Competition

Dakota State University's team of students won the North Central Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. The team now moves on to the national competition in San Antonio, TX April 17-19. It is the first year a team from DSU will compete on the national level.

Members of the DSU team included Brandon Bohle, Josh Bosma, Mike Ham, Darin Johnson, Justin Klum, Scott Paulsen, Bill Voecks and MarcCharles Zautke. The faculty advisor for the team is Josh Pauli, and Pat Engebretson coordinated the event. Both are professors in the College of Business and Information Systems that sponsored the competition along with the DSU Center of Excellence.

The DSU team of seven undergraduate and one graduate student, has been preparing for the competition since October. That preparation consisted of setting up operating systems and finding strategies to defend them. On the day of competition the teams were given a specific operating system and had to protect it from unknown hackers. They also had to complete various tasks during the day including blocking uses of instant messaging, setting up remote access abilities, and configuring new equipment.

Other teams in the competition were from the University of South Dakota, University of Sioux Falls, University of Wyoming, and Montana Tech.

Last Updated: 8/12/11