DSU team wins CCDC and heads to Texas for national competition

The Dakota State University received first place in the North Central Region Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) held on Saturday, March 23, in Madison, S.D. The DSU team participants were Kevin Haubris, Cody Welu, Christopher Paschen, Jack Stromberg, Brian Berg, Jeremiah Klumb, Jesse Mendez and Steve Secker.

The DSU group is heading to the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC) that starts April 19, in San Antonio, Texas. There, they will compete in the three day event against other top network security students from institutions around the nation, including the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Washington, US Air Force Academy, University of Central Florida, and Oklahoma State University.

The NCCDC event starts with a scenario that each team is newly hired as the network and security administration at a small fictitious company. Each team is responsible for taking administrative control of all the information systems for the company. Because this is all new for each team, they have little time to learn the ropes about the network, the security level that’s been maintained or what software is installed currently. They have to work quickly to begin security updates and patches before the red team starts actively attacking their company’s network.  In between the network attacks, participants must keep up with the needs of the business and user demands while maintaining service levels agreements for all critical internet services.

The mission of the CCDC system is to provide institutions with an information assurance or computer security curriculum, a controlled, competitive environment to assess their student's depth of understanding and operational competency in managing the challenges involved in protecting a corporate network infrastructure and business information systems. CCDC Events are designed to build a meaningful mechanism by which institutions of higher education may evaluate their programs.  The events also provide an educational venue in which students are able to apply the theory and practical skills they have learned in their course work, and foster a spirit of teamwork, ethical behavior, and effective communication both within and across teams.

Not only do students get a chance to test their knowledge in an operational environment, they will also get a chance to network with industry professionals who are always on the lookout for up and coming engineers.  CCDC provides a unique opportunity for students and industry professionals to interact and discuss many of the security and operational challenges the students will soon face as they enter the job market.

The DSU North Central Regional CCDC event held in Madison, S.D. is supported by the Department of Defense agencies, who both attend the event to partake in the event as well as recruit students from all of the participating teams. This is the second year DSU has won the competition; they also won in 2009.

Last Updated: 4/2/13