Ivy Tech Community College Northeast hosted Indiana’s Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, or CCDC, Feb. 8. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology won, competing against Indiana Tech, Indiana University Southeast, and Ivy Tech Northeast.
The four teams inherited an “operational” network from a fictional business complete with email, websites, data files, and users. Teams were required to correct problems on their network, perform typical business tasks, and defend their networks from a red team that generated live, hostile activity continuously. Points were awarded based on how well the students maintained and defended their services.
Rose-Hulman will go on to compete at the regional competition at Moraine Valley Community College at the end of March in Palos Heights, Ill. Last year, Rose-Hulman placed third in the national competition, which will be hosted this year in April in San Antonio, Texas.
Ivy Tech Northeast launched an associate degree in Information Security in fall 2011 and is a recognized Center of Excellence for two-year schools, or a CAE-2Y, by the National Security Agency. The college also offers a grant-funded Cyber Technology certificate program that trains individuals for a career in as short as one year with opportunities to work toward industry-recognized certifications.