The K-State Cyber Defense Club provides students with the opportunity to get real world experience while in school through weekly meetings and attending competitions. The past few years we have done extremely well at various competitions. We placed second at the 2017 predecessor to the Department of Energy’s CyberForce competition. We placed second at Iowa State University’s NCDC competition in 2018. We also placed 1st at Argonne National Lab and 2nd nationally at the Fall 2018 Department of Energy CyberForce competition. During club meetings we encourage students to pick a personal project that they are passionate about to learn more about cybersecurity. If a member does not have a project to work on, senior members have created documentation for projects that are a bit more guided. We also host Saturday training events that are longer and topic-focused, for members to come to and learn more about specific areas. We also host our own infrastructure to allow students the ability to work in a “live-fire” environment. This allows students to practice offensive measures in a legal and ethical manner, as well as allowing students to learn how to set up various services and defend them.
Dec 2018 Department of Energy CyberForce Competition team