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College of Education and Professional Studies

ITAM Cyber Students Compete at Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

ITAM Cybersecurity and Ethical Hacking Club Compete at PRCCDCWhile most of the CWU students were out relaxing and recharging their batteries over Spring Break 2017, CWU’s Cyber Hacking Club was feverishly trying to secure an artificial network “PWN World” from a nefarious group of Black Hat hackers at Highline Community College.  The team of 8 ITAM Students were competing in the 10th Annual Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.  The team consisted of: Brian McDougall, Casey Gadd, Michael Cyr, German Godinez, Zach Halte, Colby Hill, Aaron Long and Chris Graham.

The Red Team barraged our team for two full days – they did everything possible to take down the CWU team’s network and steal information off of the servers.  The Red Team was very experienced and consisted of 40 different individuals from all over industry, military and students.  It just so happens that one of CWU’s very own alumni, Nick Smith, was trying to take out our team!  Nick is very happy with his current position at Boeing and I heard from his boss that he is exceeding expectations…it has to be that grand education he received from CWU!

Our team was extremely good at keeping the internet up and operational as well as crafting poetry along the way.  Yes, it is true, Chris Graham, the team captain had about 5 minutes to write a poem or else the Red Team was going to wipeout some key components on the servers that would make our team completely dead in the water.  It just so happens that the Red Team loved

the poem so much that at the awards ceremony, they presented Chris and the team with the “Peeps Choice Award.”  A made-up award by the Leader of the Red Team which consisted of a 24” Yellow Peep Chick and Peeps candy for the entire team.  You can go out to the Club’s Facebook page, CWU Cyber Security & Ethical Hacking Club and see Chris reciting his poem to the audience…simply spectacular!


The team came back to Ellensburg all ready to start practicing for next year!  A majority of the team is graduating so if you have a desire to learn more about cyber security and what it means to be an ethical hacker, then please join our club.  If you have any additional questions about the competition or about the Club, please contact either one of the two advisors, Dr. Chet Claar, or Mrs. Deborah Wells.

~Deborah Wells

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