Students Take Third Place at State Cyber Defense Competition

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CaMS Students Take Third Place at State Cyber Defense Competition

Published: March 6, 2018.

For the second year in a row, Computer Science students from Lewis University placed third at the annual Illinois Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

This year, teams from 11 schools competed over eight hours to set up computer systems and services and keep them secure against an aggressive "red team" aiming to steal their data and disrupt their infrastructure.

This year's team consisted of Ian Stickfort of Joliet, Brandon White of Burbank, Brian White of Orland Park, Cody Cosentino of Tinley Park, Ryan Meeker of Joliet, Johnny Kegaly of Clarendon Hills, Gabe Diaz DeLeon of Wheaton, and Tyler Starkus of New Lenox.

The team members participate in the Department of Computer and Mathematical Science's Cyber Defense Club, a student-run group that meets on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to apply and extend what they learn in the classroom to set up servers, hosts, and the networks that connect them. The Cyber Defense Club is mentored by Dr. Jason Perry, assistant professor of CaMS, and its student leader is Joey Casalino of Shorewood, a graduate student in the Master of Science in Computer Science program.

“The CaMS Department is extremely proud of these students for what they continue to accomplish, we are looking forward to their next competition, and we are grateful that the future of cybersecurity seems to be in good hands with soon-to-be professionals like these,” Dr. Ray Klump, chair and professor of CaMS, said.

Lewis University is an innovative and entrepreneurial Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit for further information.

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