Cyber Defense Team Places 3rd in 3-State Competition

Lewis University’s Cyber Defense Team Places 3rd in 3-State Competition

Published: February 20, 2024.

On February 17, Lewis University’s Cyber Defense Club placed third in the three-state qualifier competition of the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competiton (CCDC).  

As the third-place winners of the Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri two-year and four-year colleges and universities, the Lewis University team will compete in the February 24 Wildcard Qualifier for the Midwest Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

During the state-level competition, the team spent eight hours defending a mock business network against simulated cyber-attacks. The judges introduced network enhancement and upgrade challenges, assessed the teams’ performance, scored their efforts, and provided essential support throughout the event. 

Team members include the following students. 

  • David Simeone 
  • Kyle Bye 
  • Alex Florczyk 
  • Nicolas Formella 
  • Michael Szostak 
  • Matthew Torres 
  • Kacper Zalewski 
  • Jayson Ray Yabes 

Dr. Jason Perry, associate professor of engineering, computing, and mathematical sciences and director of Cybersecurity and IT programs, serves as the team's faculty mentor. 

Lewis University is an innovative 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, and globally-connected graduates who impact the world for the better. Visit for further information.

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