July 31, 2018

NDSU cybersecurity teams compete nationally

Students on computers

Students can join any of NDSU’s more than 300 organizations or clubs to apply classroom knowledge in a real-world setting. 

The Cybersecurity Student Organization and the computer science department’s cybersecurity competition teams are examples of student groups that help enhance the overall campus experience, while providing valuable skills for the job market and networking opportunities.

The cybersecurity teams, made up of computer science and computer engineering students, compete in the National Cyber League, National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, MITRE competition and regional challenges. NDSU students working individually and as teams are able to experience cybersecurity attack and defense issues in real-world scenarios while competing against some of the top universities in the country.

“These competitions are an excellent way to learn,” said Eric Meyers, a junior computer science major. “I’ve been involved in parts of competitions that present things I wouldn’t have touched for another two years if I had not been involved with the cybersecurity team. Now it’s a concept of computer science that I understand to a much higher degree than I did before.”  

Many of the competitions also are a scouting and recruiting tool for some of the top technology companies in the country. “They want to identify the best and brightest and there is tremendous potential for our students to shine,” said Jeremy Straub, assistant professor of computer science and the cybersecurity team’s mentor.

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