WCTC has strong student participation in state, regional, and national cybersecurity events and competitions. Participation is so high that the BIT Club formed the Cybersecurity Competition Team which meets weekly throughout the school year; many of the events below involve this team or its members.
Here are some of the recent events at WCTC related to Cybersecurity (for future events, see our calendar of Upcoming Events)
National Cyber League Fall Postseason, Nov 28th-Dec 5th
For the first time WCTC’s Cybersecurity Competition Team expanded to the point where the school was able to field TWO teams in the NCL Postseason!
|WCTC Blue (Silver Bracket)||WCTC Orange (Bronze Bracket)|
|Lucas Gallagher (Team Captain)||John Shegonee (Team Captain)|
|Baraa Abbas||Zachary Adams|
|Jolene Johnson||Christian Anthony|
|Caz Laska||Jeffrey LaChappelle|
|Lee Layton||Victor Leinen|
|Nicholas Mautner||Thomas Martin|
|Andy Nellen||Chris Peavy|
|Isaac Sagert||Diane Rutter|
|Robert Stone||Joseph Schneider|
|Alex Zech||Jenna Watkins|
|Placed 6th out of 62||Placed 28th out of 48|
Both teams represented WCTC well. Many hours of sleep were lost as WCTC Blue wrested every flag they could from the challenges, ending the competition 6th out of the 62 teams in the silver bracket and in 12th place overall.
WCTC Orange (made up of first-time competitors minus one) had a respectable finish in their own right, placing 28th out of 48 in the bronze bracket.
Both teams have vowed to improve in anticipation of NCL expanding the competition. When the new spring semester competition rolls around they will be ready! For pictures, see the NCL Fall 2016 gallery.
Many members of WCTC’s Cybersecurity Competition Team took part in the preseason which placed them into Gold, Silver, and Bronze brackets for the Fall Season. The competition was on an individual basis, with the season being made up of two different 8-hour challenges. Multiple WCTC students made the top 10% in Game 1, Game 2, or in both challenges.
This year was especially challenging for several of the students, as the 8 hour competition on the 19th followed directly on the heels of the 4-5 hours of the Midwest CCDC Invitational!
Midwest Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition Invitational,
The Invitational is a ‘mini-CCDC’ event that gives students (many of whom are new to the competition) a glimpse into the upcoming competition in the spring semester. WCTC’s team had an excellent showing, taking 3rd place in the morning bracket of 9 teams.
Lucas Gallagher (Team Captain)
Mark Krzyszkowski (Coach)
For pictures, see the CCDC Fall 2016 gallery.
Cyber Security Summit, October 28th
WCTC’s 3rd Annual Cyber Security Summit, in partnership with Marquette University, was designed to answer the call of state leadership to take action to secure our critical infrastructure. IT leaders and businesses from around the state attended lectures and discussed the stance and stakes of cybersecurity in Wisconsin industry. In the afternoon students were invited to attend several talks by industry leaders.
Spring Semester 2016
US Cyber Challenge, April 25th-May 6th
Similar in format to NCL, this competition involved searching for flags, analyzing logs, cracking passwords, and more. Top scorers (including at least one WCTC student) were given the opportunity to attend an invitational Cyber Camp. The intensive week-long bootcamp featured nationally recognized instructors, who took students through penetration testing techniques culminating in a day-long capture the flag exercise.
AITP Chicago was an unparalleled success for WCTC; in competitions the college took home more awards than any other institution with 5 placements and 3 Honorable Mentions across the categories, surpassing many 4-year colleges in the process. In addition, one of our own was honored with the Volunteer of the Year award. Here are the Cybersecurity-related awards:
2nd Place: Isaac Sagert
3rd Place: Charlie Russell
Honorable Mention: Theresa LaMott
Mike Burell AITP NCC Volunteer of the Year Award:
Mark Krzyszkowski – Waukesha County Technical College
For more details, including WCTC’s awards in other categories, click here.
WCTC’s Cybersecurity Competition Team took third place in the Wisconsin qualifier, defending network services while under assault by a determined red team of industry professionals.
Charlie Russell (Team Captain)
Mark Krzyszkowski (Coach)
Congratulations to MSOE’s first place team who went on to represent Wisconsin at the Regional competition!