MSOE finished 4th among 10 teams at the Midwest Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC). The competition features the state CCDC champions from Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky in a two-day, continuous cybersecurity competition. This is the third year in a row that MSOE took first place in Wisconsin to qualify for the Midwest competition.

Top tech-savvy students from across the country form teams to compete first at the state level, then the regional level. Regional winners go on to a national competition. For the competitions, teams build and defend a mock production business infrastructure from professional “hackers” who are given the challenge to take each team’s production systems offline and breach their security. While the teams work hard to fend off “hackers,” the competition judging staff deploys network enhancement and upgrade challenges to teams, judging team’s performance, scoring and supporting the overall event.