February 12, 2014

Cyber ‘Security Dawgs’ compete Saturday

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Cyber security is the focus on several levels Saturday, Feb. 15, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The “Security Dawgs” will seek to repeat as Illinois Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition champions while the School of Information Systems and Applied Technologies also hosts SIU Cyber Security Day. The event features presentations from security experts and offers the opportunity for more than 110 area high school and community college students to tour the school’s facilities and also compete in a mock cyber defense competition.

SIU is one of the sites in Illinois that will host the statewide competition, which replicates what students will see in the corporate information technology world. SIU will compete on campus alongside Lake Land College in Mattoon; other schools competing elsewhere in the state are Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, DePaul University, Governors State University, Illinois State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Media Advisory

Reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome to cover the Illinois Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition at SIU Carbondale, Saturday, Feb. 15, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Go to the Computer Learning Center, room 112, in the Applied Sciences and Arts Building C. For more information contact Tom Imboden, Information Systems and Applied Technologies assistant professor, at 618/453-7296 or by email at timboden@siu.edu.

The Security Dawgs, a registered student organization, has been preparing and practicing since the beginning of the fall semester, said Tom Imboden, an assistant professor in Information Systems and Applied Technologies.

The top team in the state will advance to the Midwest regional competition, March 28-29, at Moraine Valley Community College to face the top teams from Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. The eighth annual National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition is April 25-27, in San Antonio, Texas.

Competing for SIU Carbondale, listed by hometown, major and year in school are:


• Argenta: Clint Mueller, computer science, senior.
• Albion: Marcus Wood, information systems technologies, junior
• Carterville: Gary Clark, information systems technologies and criminal justice, senior.
• Chicago: Imani Hudson, information systems technologies, senior.
• Creal Springs: information systems technologies, junior.
• Elizabethtown: Daniel Vaughn, information systems technologies, senior.
• Johnston City: John Zachary Moore, business administration, graduate masters.


• Chesterfield: Dorie Abrams, information systems technologies, senior with degree.