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M State cyber team wins state competition

A team of seven Computer Network Security students at Minnesota State Community and Technical College earned third place in a recent state competition that tested student cyber defense skills against a team of professional hackers.

The 2014 Minnesota Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition was Feb. 22 concurrently at Minneapolis Community & Technical College and Alexandria Technical & Community College.

The annual competition brings together security professionals and students for a day-long defensive competition where the professionals hack and disrupt the virtual business environments being administered by the student M State’s competitors, who all attend the Detroit Lakes campus, were Stefan Culver of Callaway; Issac King and Sherri Lehmann of Frazee; and Chuck Leonard, Jacob McGrath, Isaac Mosher and Micah Perez, all of Detroit Lakes.

“The students apply all their classroom knowledge to real world scenarios of completing IT business tasks and defending against professional attackers,” said Dr. Eric Wilkens, instructor for the Computer Network Security program and coach for the team.

Lake Superior College took first place in the competition, and ATCC was second. Also competing were teams from St. Cloud State University, Century College, Minneapolis Community & Technical College and Minnesota State University Mankato.

The annual competition is sponsored by Advance IT Minnesota, which works to develop information technology education and employment in Minnesota.