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MCC cybersecurity students best all rivals in national ‘hackathon’

September 3, 2020
By Tim Engle

MCC-Blue River CyberWolves

Congratulations to the MCC-Blue River "CyberWolves." Our three-student team took first place overall out of 35 teams in the IT Policy Hackathon, part of the 2020 Summer Cyber Games organized by the National Cybersecurity Student Association. Pictured here are (from left) MCC cybersecurity program coordinator Brian Hurley with Jill Sheeks-Edson, Rachel Kortkamp and Jonathan Stewart.

The hackathon presented teams with a complex IT scenario involving four challenges over four weeks — they had to update network infrastructure and create a remote access policy, a disaster recovery policy and a business continuity plan. The MCC team scored first place in three of the four.

"I am so proud of our students for this noteworthy accomplishment," says MCC-Blue River and Business & Technology President Tom Meyer. "It speaks to the skills they have mastered and the training provided by our faculty."

Metropolitan Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense for its cybersecurity program, among about 200 other U.S. colleges and universities with that designation. Just 70 two-year colleges have earned the recognition.  

The Centers of Academic Excellence program is jointly sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency. MCC's designation, announced in 2019 and running through 2023, means the College boasts "robust degree programs and close alignment to specific cybersecurity-related knowledge units, validated by top subject matters in the field."

MCC's cybersecurity curriculum includes industry-leading labs and certified program faculty with industry experience.