2016 Call for Participation

For the fifth year in a row we will hold the Central Illinois High School Cyber Defense Competition at Illinois State University.  Last year a team from Normal Community High School won the competition by being best able to defend their computers from attack.  

With the support of  the College of Applied Science and Technology, we will hold the second Central Illinois Cyber Defense Competition on Friday, April 8, 2016 at Illinois State University in Normal, IL.

We welcome any interested participants.  Please send this call to any schools, clubs, or individuals you believe will be interested.

To sign up fill out the quick form here.  This sign up is to express your interest in participation.  A later form will finalize your team's participation.

Useful information about the competition:

  • The competition will be held at Illinois State University in Normal on Friday, April 8, 2016
  • Eight schools will be selected to be in the competition.
  • Participating schools will field a team of four to eight students and one or two faculty advisors (advisors don't participate--they will be responsible for minor participants).  
  • Multiple schools may collaborate to create a team
  • Students may create a team as long as they have a school employee as a sponsor
  • Instruction on security principles and hands-on tutorials will be given immediately prior to the competition
  • Online, hands-on, lab exercises will be available to students and teams to prepare them for the competition
  • The competition will provide lunch and other snacks to the teams during the competition.
  • ISU has a collegiate team that has participated in a similar competition every year for the last 8 years.  The students who have participated enjoy the competition and are motivated to learn more.   
  • For the students participation looks great on a resume or college application
  • We will encourage media coverage of the event (See articles in The Fiscal Times and The Pantagraph) 

What does the team need to do to prepare?

The competition difficulty will be appropriate for high school students who have only little experience with computer and network configuration. The following skills are helpful, but not necessary to participate:

  • Basic Windows configuration
  • Use of Ubuntu Linux
  • Experience with home wireless routers
  • Basic understanding of anti-virus and firewalls
  • Basic understanding of authentication using passwords
  • A willingness to learn new things

It is not necessary to change curricula.  Students can prepare on their own, and the competition will provide some materials. 

Why should students be interested?

One of the main reasons is the fun you will have. Our students at ISU have been involved in a similar competition for five years.  Every year the students remark how fun the competition is and how much they learned.  Additionally, students have used the competition as a means to build their resume.  Companies are very interested in those who participate in the competition.  

Why should teachers be interested?

The competition is a great way to motivate students to learn and to give them the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge in a fun environment.  Additionally, during the competition we will offer a short course on online privacy for advisors that will count for continuing education credits.

If your school, a class, or a club is interested in participating fill out the quick form here.  This sign up is to express your interest in participation.  A later form will finalize your team's participation.  

We are also looking for others who might want to participate.  If you think another teacher or a student club leader in your school would be interested, please forward this email to them or reply to it and let us know.

For more information see our website at http://www.cihscdc.org/ or email us at cihscdc@ilstu.edu.


Thank you,

The Central Illinois High School Cyber Defense Competition 

 

Doug Twitchell
Associate Professor of Information Systems
School of Information Technology
Illinois State University
Campus Box 5150
Normal, IL 61761
309-438-7756
dtwitch@ilstu.edu

 

Glen Sagers
Assistant Professor of Information Systems
School of Information Technology
Illinois State University
Campus Box 5150
Normal, IL 61761
309-438-3741
gsagers@ilstu.edu