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On November 19, 2016 CSSIA managed an Invitational Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) with two sections competing throughout the day. Winning teams were John A. Logan and St. Cloud University for their respective sections.
John A. Logan is a relative newcomer to the CCDC and though scores were close among the top six teams, they emerged as the clear winner of the first competing section of nine teams. They were able to outperform four prior Midwest CCDC state winners. Close on their heels was Baldwin Wallace University at second place. Virtually tied for third and fourth place were Waukesha County Technical College and Southeast Missouri State University.
St. Cloud State University has a history of excellence in Midwest CCDC, and has previously competed in the Erich J. Spengler Midwest Regional Competition. Their performance in the second section far outstripped the field, which included Milwaukee School of Engineering in second place, and DePaul University at third place.
Two-year and four-year colleges and universities are putting together their top tech-savvy students to form teams to compete. These teams will build and defend their mock production business infrastructure from professional “hackers” who are given the challenge to take each team’s production systems offline and breach their security. While the teams work hard to fend off “hackers,” the competition judging staff will deploy network enhancement and upgrade challenges to teams, judging team’s performance, scoring and supporting the overall event.
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Missouri and Wisconsin are buzzing with MWCCDC excitement as applications are rolling in. These competitions are experiences your students can build from in their career development. No previous competition experience is needed.
There are many ways to get involved or support the CCDC efforts in your state or regionally. All Contacts that support the CCDC welcome your communication and input to the process. They will also do their best to answer any questions you may have. To learn more about the Midwest CCDC or to become a sponsor, contact Dr. David Durkee, Director of Competition Operations at firstname.lastname@example.org or (440) 488-0331. For CSSIA or Virtualization Laboratory related questions contact John Sands at email@example.com at (708) 974-5426. A full list of contacts is located here.
The CSSIA Virtualization Data Center (CVDC) powers the State and Regional CCDC Competition Stadiums and various learning laboratories. This state of the art environment uses the latest technologies. Here is the research and development rack that prototypes the competition environment.