Dakota State went up against nine other college teams from April 21-23, where they had to manage and defend networks while fending off hackers.
The competition was presented in partnership with Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies business, who appointed nearly three dozen employee volunteers to work closely with participating competitors to help secure their virtual networks and provide mentorship.
“One of the primary obstacles preventing many students from considering a career in cybersecurity is a lack of mentorship, which is what makes NCCDC so rewarding for both competitors and volunteers alike,” said Senior Director of Cyber Protection Solutions for Raytheon Intelligence & Space Jon Check. “At Raytheon Intelligence & Space, we pride ourselves in helping the next generation feel comfortable and confident in their understanding of cybersecurity. Not just in a traditional classroom setting, but through real-world scenarios and hands-on experiences, as well as access to our volunteers throughout the tournament.”
In the end, the University of Central Florida took first place with Stanford University taking third place.
“Whether held virtually or in-person, Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition events provide a valuable and unique educational experience that helps students develop the cybersecurity skills our country urgently needs,” said Dwayne Williams, Director of NCCDC. “With support from Raytheon Intelligence & Space, we’ve been able to keep CCDC a strong and vibrant program throughout the pandemic. Training the next generation of cyber professionals is critical and we have to continue to find ways to ensure that happens.”