Iowa Central takes 5th at Nationals in Cyber Defense Competition

    by Marc Matthes
    Posted on 2/15/2016


Iowa Central's CCCDC security team finished 5th place finish at nationals with 15 schools competing. Of the 15 schools, 13 of them were 4 year schools from around the Midwest.

Schools competing this year were:

  • UNI
  • Iowa State
  • Kansas State
  • UNO
  • UNI
  • DePaul Univ.
  • University of Kansas
  • Iowa Air Guard
  • Baker College
  • Iowa Central Community College
  • Kirkwood Community College

The following students were members of the Iowa Central CCCDC Security Team:

Computer Networking Technology Students
Sean Kramer /Fort Dodge
Tristian Nicholson /Fort Dodge
Tyler Lyon /Atalissa
Gavin Freking /Algona
Isaac Ross /Manson
Brandon Weir
Jack Murray /Iowa City 

Web/Graphics  Technology Student
Justin Hilts/Webster City

ISEAGE, part of the Information Assurance Center at Iowa State University, hosts a number of Cyber Defense Competitions every year.  These Cyber Defense Competitions (CDCs) are exciting events put on every year that allow Community College students studying in various areas to test their skills.  Student competitors form Blue Teams consisting of four to eight students from their institution. They are tasked with providing a variety of services to their network, such as web sites, email, remote desktop, programming environments, and backup services.  Some of these services are provided by the competition directors, but with hidden vulnerabilities.  The Red Team is brought in for an eight hour long “attack phase”.  The Red Team consists of security professionals from industry as well as graduate students from Iowa State’s Information Assurance program.  Their job is to try and hack into the Blue Teams’ systems and steal “flags”.  If a Blue Team has one of their flags stolen, they lose points.  The Cyber Defense Competition pits the industry’s very best against some of the most talented students in the Midwest.