BW CCDC state team

The successful BW Cyber Defense Team fights hackers and completes tech tasks in state and regional competitions.

BW Cyber Defense Team Takes First in State, Competes in "Fierce" Regionals

May 23, 2016

BW CCDC state teamIt was another successful year for the Baldwin Wallace Cyber Defense Team, which was number one in the State of Ohio at the Spring 2016 Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC), and earning the right to compete at the regionals. 

Eight students and two alternates make up the team which completes by working on a simulated information technology server network and completing a number of assignments while simultaneously fending off the digital attacks by hackers. 

Advancing Once Again

The first place finish in this fast-paced competition advanced the Baldwin Wallace students to the Midwest Regional Competition held at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Heights, Illinois. Making it to regionals is becoming a regular feat for BW's Cyber Defense Team, which has advanced to regionals six times in the past eight seasons of state competition.

In competition with two-year and four-year universities from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Missouri and Wisconsin, the team endured what is said to be a year's worth of Information Technology experience all in one day, where competitors respond to the threats and attacks of The Red Team, a group tasked with hacking the competitors.

Fierce Competition at Regionals                               

Cyber Defense Team First in State, Advances to RegionalsThough the students did not advance to nationals, they did end up placing "in the middle of the pack." Kenneth Atchinson, BW Associate Professor of Computer Science and Advisor of the Cyber Defense Team, noted that the “competition was fierce this year.

Some of the major changes included the addition of a Firewall requiring the students to "break into" the system and the first-time use of Microsoft SharePoint and Windows 10.

Atchinson added “Participation in the CCDC competition is a great experience for our students, and the activity inspires many students to pursue our Network Security major/program."

This year's team included Erin McDermott, captain, Alexander Hervey, co-captain, Jonathan W. Cartwright, Michael D. Martin, Kyle D. Schifano, Anthony Slivka, Theodore C. Waddell,  Andrew Wilhelm, Dan Jesensky and Raquel Milligan.