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Michigan CCDN Cyber Competition 2017

Paul de Souza, CSFI and First Place Baker College of Flint, Team A

Paul de Souza, CSFI and First Place Baker College of Flint, Team A AMAZING BLUE TEAM! SUPERB CYBER TALENT! 

The Cyber Security Forum Initiative – Cyber Warfare Division (CSFI-CWD) is a proud sponsor of the Michigan Collegiate Cyber Defense Network.

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Michigan CCDN:

We are a group of network engineers, security experts and educators working together to improve cyber defense education in the state of Michigan. We design, organize, conduct, assess and evaluate collegiate cyber defense teams in qualifiers, competitions and other events. Our goal is to invoke constructive competitiveness among institutions that will spark creative minds towards student academic success for entry into the highly competitive profession of computer networking and cyber defense.

 

We had 11 teams this year. The team placements are:

*****First Place Baker College of Flint, Team A*****
Second Place Eastern Michigan University
Third Place Baker College of Flint, Team B

This event has become so competitive that we had two institutions submit two teams, it paid off for them.

Here are a few names from the Michigan CCDN admin team,

James Lewis, State Director and Network Architect
Jim Czerew, Competition Director
Steve Fall, Assistant Director and Chief Judge
Doug Redman, Inject Manager
Jacob Brabbs, Network Engineer

This cyber defense qualifier was hosted by Davenport University, Lettinga Campus, Grand Rapids MI

James Lewis, State Director and Network Architect and Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder and Sponsor

James Lewis, State Director and Network Architect and Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder and Sponsor

Jim Czerew, Competition Director and Steve Fall Assistant Director and Chief Judge

Jim Czerew, Competition Director and Steve Fall Assistant Director and Chief Judge

Jim Czerew, Competition Director

Jim Czerew, Competition Director

Audience

Audience

White Team Ninjas

White Team Ninjas

RED TEAM ROOM

RED TEAM ROOM

Wanderson Castilho Owner, E-NetSecurity Solutions

Wanderson Castilho
Owner, E-NetSecurity Solutions

James Lewis, State Director and Network Architect (Jedi)

James Lewis, State Director and Network Architect (Jedi)

Paul de Souza, CSFI. Presenting to all competitors.

Paul de Souza, CSFI. Presenting to all competitors.

DEBRIEF FROM RED TEAM - Lessons learned!

DEBRIEF FROM RED TEAM – Lessons learned!

Thank you Davenport University!

Thank you Davenport University!

Michigan, a cyber state!

Michigan, a cyber state!

 

Each of the following educational institutions has distinguished themselves as leaders and pioneers in providing exceptional and quality education to their students in the profession of cyber security. Each of the listed institutions has placed in the top two positions in Michigan collegiate cyber defense competitions and qualifiers, has shared resources and skills in advancing cyber defense skills in the State of Michigan, and is recognized by both industry and academic professionals as a leader in cyber defense education.

Baker College of Flint

http://www.baker.edu
The Baker College student cyber defense team has placed first and second in multiple Michigan collegiate cyber defense qualifiers and competitions. At the present they are the only educational institution in the country to have won the national championship twice. Baker College of Flint is leading the way in cyber defense education and has hosted several competitive events.

Davenport University, Lettinga Campus

http://www.davenport.edu
The Davenport University student cyber defense team has placed first and second in multiple Michigan collegiate cyber defense qualifiers and competitions. They have provided support and resources necessary to conduct state collegiate cyber defense qualifiers and competitions and have demonstrated superior student skills in these activities.

Jackson Community College

http://www.jccmi.edu
The Jackson Community College student cyber defense team has shown remarkable skill in taking second place in their first collegiate cyber defense competition and qualifier, and for hosting a mid-west regional cyber defense competition. The skills demonstrated by their student team has set the highest standards for community colleges in the state of Michigan.

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Career Thoughts

I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to manage and run one of the biggest and most active forums on the Internet dealing with cyber warfare and cyber security – CSFI (The Cyber Security Forum Initiative). With over 16 years of cyber security experience, I continue to actively raise Cyber Warfare/Cyber Security awareness worldwide. I have worked as a Chief Security Engineer for AT&T, where I designed and approved secure networks for MSS. I have also consulted for several governments, military and private institutions on best network security practices throughout my career.

CSFI and its divisions CSFI-CWD (Cyber Warfare Division), CSFI-LPD (Law and Policy Division) and CSFI-WD (Wireless Division) continue to grow and expand with more than 60,000 information security members.

One of my personal goals is to serve our security community to the best of my abilities, in the protection and defense of our American national security interests, the American people, and that of our international partners. I am always ready to serve and to give of my time and skills to help our society with the growing problems we experience in cyberspace. I thank God and my family for the opportunities I have had in life and the most precious of all opportunities, which is the chance to serve others. I love what I do, and I appreciate all the support I have received from friends, family and our CSFI members.

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Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder Director

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