Cyber Defense Team Advances to Regionals in Chicago

Cyber Defense Team Advances to Regionals in Chicago

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March 17, 2020 - Congratulations to the PTCC Cyber Defense team and their 4th place win at regionals in Chicago! The team was up against some tough competitors including: Northern Kentucky University, Purdue University, Southeast Missouri State University, University of Wisconsin - Stout and St. Cloud State University. In third place was competitor Indiana Tech, 2nd - Baldwin Wallace University and 1st - DePaul University. 

We are so proud of our students and their skills. PTCC was the only 2-year community and technical college in the competition, and we earned a place! Great job to instructor Chris Morgan, Cyber Security instructor, and team!

March 3, 2020 - The Pine Technical and Community College (PTCC) Cyber Defense team is having another successful season competing in the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. After receiving a second place title in the first competitive round at Alexandria Technical and Community College, the team advanced to the wildcard competition and placed second securing them a spot at regionals, which will be held about a half-hour outside of Chicago at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL.

PTCC is the only 2 year, community and technical college advancing to the regional competition stacking up against renowned 4 year colleges and universities such as St. Cloud State University, Purdue University of Indiana, and University of Wisconsin – Stout.

The team has been distinguished by their excellent performance and capabilities working to detect and respond to outside threats of professionals who try to hack and infiltrate student networks. The opposing “Red Team” pros interact with the collegiate teams, often inviting students to visit their sites for a behind the scenes look at how real world security works.  

In preparation for the competition, PTCC Cyber Security professor Chris Morgan teaches the students the skills and knowledge of the trade by emphasizing real-world applications, hands-on learning, and industry certifications to become a successful leader in the protection of data assets. Specifically, the program digs into: open source applications, wireless technologies, web application technologies, network implementation, social engineering, evaluation and design of system networks architecture, networking, and administration, management of operating systems, and much more. To learn more about this high growth, high demand program offered at Pine, check out our website:

Following a successful regional competition on March 13 and 14th, the Cyber Defense team will have the opportunity to compete at the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in San Antonio, Texas in April. Wish them luck as they represent the College and our community as they continue on in the competition!

For more information, please visit the Minnesota State, IT Center of Excellence webpage on the Minnesota Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

Pictured (L-R) Eric Johnson, Daniel Ovick, Charles Ollanketo, Kyle Sostak, Jacob Stenger, Emily Clifton, Will Ebeling, Cally Sibben, Chris Morgan

Not pictured: John True, Patrick Warring, Brandon Blaisdell, Kathryn Ryan

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