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March 25, 2022

National Cyber Defense Competition results

Submitted by Wynne Reichart

A team from the Kansas State University Cyber Defense Club, a registered departmental student organization, placed second at the Iowa State University National Cyber Defense Competition, Feb. 4-5, in Ames, Iowa.

At this competition, the team defended a computer network while a group of hackers actively attacked it. The team worked to secure their network for about a week leading up to the event, and through these efforts, members were able to keep the services within their network operational throughout the competition.

The seven-member K-State team included computer science students Moheeb Aljaroudi, Chase Barber, Ryan Black, Nathan Fleming, Ian Slater, Zack Zollers and team captain Chris Raymann.

The Cyber Defense Club is an academic competition team that aims to give its members the practical skills required to effectively and securely manage both home and enterprise computer networks. In addition to fostering defensive skills, the club provides members an opportunity to practice offensive security skills in a safe and legal environment. The club trains for and participates in several competitions throughout the year and hosts a variety of guest speakers from government and industry.

The captain of the team that participated in the National Cyber Defense Competition will give a presentation on the team’s competition strategy, as well as lessons learned, from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in 1117 Durland Hall.