The Lewis University Computer and Mathematical Sciences Cyber Defense Group, a team of Computer Science majors who focus on cyber security and defense, took third place at the State of Illinois Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (IL-CCDC) on February 18.
The team of Bryon Nush, Joey Casalino, Ryan Meeker, Gabe Diaz DeLeon, Randle Ross, Johnny Kegaly, Brian White, and Cody Cosentino set up a variety of systems and services and defended them against a team of hackers for seven hours. Assistant Professor Dr. Jason Perry has served as their faculty mentor.
The students have been training since September in the Computer Science labs. Over that time, they have each specialized in a particular kind of system while making sure that they knew enough about each other's specialization to fill in and help if needed. They have become experts on firewalls, Windows servers, Linux servers, web apps, DNS, Active Directory, and other components that comprise modern networks.
“Not only have they developed deep expertise through their Computer Science coursework and independent study, but they have also learned to cooperate as a highly effective IT team must,” commented Dr. Ray Klump, chair of CaMS. “We are extremely proud of them and their accomplishments.”
Their next competition will be at the Networking and Systems Infrastructure Competition in New York. The students' participation in these competitions is made possible through the generosity of Lewis University alumni and friends, as is the equipment on which they train.
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