MSOE’s Cyber Raiders Org for Networking (CRON) team won the Wisconsin Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) in February, earning them a chance to compete in the Midwest Regional CCDC on March 28-29 and potentially advance to the national championship.

CRON team members include MIS majors Nick Gorden, Thomas Gulke, Thomas Hill, Ryan Miller, Greg Peyton, Steven Schindler and James Thurber, and computer engineering major Tyler Tiegs. Team alternates are software engineering majors Jacob Gross and Jacob Robers, and MIS major Hans Woehlck. Dr. Jeffrey Blessing is the team’s advisor.

The CCDC, is a national cyber-defense competition that allows college students to test their IT security skills on mock corporate networks against attacks by professional pen-testers and security researchers. CCDC has grown considerably over the years, attracting new talent on both the attacker and defender sides. The CCDC event has a simple mission, it aims to develop the IT security professionals of tomorrow and prepare them for the realities of working in the field of information security. The CCDC events also have another goal: helping organizations to identify talent in the ever-growing field of information security.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,600 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.