March 14, 2011

Students Win State Cyber Defense Competition

Fort Wayne, Ind.—The Indiana Tech Cyber Defense Team won the state competition hosted by the university on March 12. The team will go on to compete at the Midwest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition on March 25 and 26 at Moraine Valley Community College.

The team of eight students triumphed over teams from Northwestern University, Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast, and Ivy Tech Community College-North Central. Northwestern’s team was added to the Indiana competition after missing the registration deadline for the Illinois competition, and the team competed from a remote site on its own campus.

Indiana Tech’s Cyber Defense Team includes captain Lindsey Dohse (Cassopolis, Mich.), Jeremy Lemmel (Lanesville, Ind.), David Isaacs (Lanesville, Ind.), Matt Hart (LaPorte, Ind.), Geoffrey Ross (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Daniel Freer (St. Marys, Ohio), Kelie Bailey (South Whitley, Ind.), and Jacob Hapner (Fort Wayne, Ind.).

The competition is designed to test each team’s ability to secure a networked computer system while maintaining standard business functionality. Team members simulate a group of employees from an IT service company that will initiate administration of an IT infrastructure. The teams are expected to manage the computer network, keep it operational, and prevent unauthorized access. Teams are scored on the basis of their ability to detect and respond to outside threats, including cyber attack while maintaining availability of existing network services such as mail servers and web servers, respond to business requests such as the addition or removal of additional services, and balance security against varying business needs.

This will be the sixth regional competition for the Indiana Tech team. If the team wins the regional, as it did in 2007, the students would then compete at the national competition April 8 through 10 in San Antonio, Texas.


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