SIU’s student cybersecurity team wins wildcard competition, moves on to regional
CARBONDALE, Ill. – Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s student cybersecurity team took first place at a multistate event this weekend, sending the Security Dawgs to a regional competition later this month.
The Security Dawgs were the top team among 18 at the wildcard round Saturday during the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. The eight-member team next will compete at the Midwest Regional CCDC tournament March 17-18 at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills.
“The team’s hard work paid off,” said Matthew Nicklin, assistant lecturer in SIU’s School of Computing and the team’s adviser. “Their success is a reflection of the excellent education they receive at SIU Carbondale.”
The upcoming competition will pit teams from two- and four-year colleges and universities that will build and defend mock production business infrastructure from professional “hackers” attempting to take each team’s production systems offline and breach the security. At the same time, judges will deploy network enhancements and upgrade challenges to teams, evaluating each team’s performance along the way.
Teams from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Missouri and Wisconsin will be on hand for the competition, which helps prepare members for the challenges of the real cybersecurity world.
Security Dawgs team members, with their programs and hometowns, include:
Dustin Myers, team captain, a senior in information technology, Johnston City
Mike Whisenhunt, senior information systems technology, Mount Vernon
Trent Grider, senior in information systems technology
Tyson Nicklin, junior in information technology, West Frankfort
Andrew Barnes, senior in computer science, Danville
Isaac Brown, senior in economics, O’Fallon
Matthew Pawlowski, junior in information technology, Mundelein
Tony Barnes, senior in information technology, Danville