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DePaul University Wins 2015 Erich J. Spengler Midwest Regional CCDC

DePaul University took first place at the 2015 Erich J. Spengler Midwest Regional CCDC, allowing them to compete in the National CCDC, April 24-26, 2015 in San Antonio, TX.  Close behind DePaul University were second place Northern Kentucky University and third place Southeast Missouri State University.  Other teams that competed at the regional were, in alphabetic order,

Baldwin Wallace University
Davenport University
Indiana Tech
Lake Superior College
Milwaukee School of Engineering
North Iowa Area Community College
University of Louisville

Illinois is one of several states that have a rivalry for first place in their respective state qualifier, with Southern Illinois University taking top honors in the state in 2013 and 2014.  The 2015 Illinois CCDC Qualifier was extremely close this year, but DePaul University took the edge.

DePaul University is no stranger to the Midwest Regional CCDC, having participated in each regional event since its inception in 2006 through 2012, placing several times.  During this time they once took first place, and represented the Midwest at the National CCDC.  

The success of DePaul University is attributed, in part, to the leadership of team captain Ryan Haley, a veteran of cyber competitions, not only the CCDC, but also with the NCL (National Cyber League).  Prior to the start of the regional event, Ryan noticed his team was given smaller monitors than other teams, which was then corrected.  Such attention to detail was maintained throughout the competition where they completed tasks in superlative fashion while thwarting efforts of the red team to compromise their network.  

Read more about the Midwest CCDC 2015

Two-year and four-year colleges and universities are putting together their top tech-savvy students to form teams to compete. These teams will build and defend their 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 will deploy network enhancement and upgrade challenges to teams, judging team’s performance, scoring and supporting the overall event.

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Missouri and Wisconsin are buzzing with MWCCDC excitement as applications are rolling in.  These competitions are experiences your students can build from in their career development.  No previous competition experience is needed. 


There are many ways to get involved or support the CCDC efforts in your state or regionally.  All Contacts that support the CCDC  welcome your communication and input to the process.  They will also do their best to answer any questions you may have.  To learn more about the Midwest CCDC or to become a sponsor, contact Dr. David Durkee, Director of Competition Operations at ddurkee14@att.net or (440) 488-0331 or contact Lynn Dohm at 815-717-6546 or lynn.dohm@morainevalley.edu.  For CSSIA or Virtualization Laboratory related questions contact John Sands at sands@morainevalley.edu at (708) 974-5426.  A full list of contacts is located here.


Injects and Scoring

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The CSSIA Virtualization Data Center (CVDC) powers the State and Regional CCDC Competition Stadiums and various learning laboratories. This state of the art environment uses the latest technologies. Here is the research and development rack that prototypes the competition environment.