February 10th 2018 – Minnesota Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

Student teams to compete at the annual 2018 Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

This annual competition, planned for February 10, 2018, allows institutions of higher education to assess their students’ depth of understanding and operational competency in managing the challenges inherent in protecting business IT networks. The top three Minnesota teams will be recognized at the 2018 Student 360 conference. The first place team will be eligible to compete in the 2018 Midwest Regional CCDC and progress to the National CCDC.

Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence and Minnesota Cyber Careers Consortium are happy to bring these teams together this year with assistance of other partners.


Anoka Technical College

Century College

Lake Superior College

Pine Technical and Community College

Metropolitan State University

Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Minnesota State University, Mankato

St. Cloud State University


White Team

Chief Judge:
Andy Erickson

Resume Evaluation Team:
Russ Fraenkel
Wilson Garland
Kristin Zakariasen

Black Team
IT & Site Hospitality

Hennepin Tech College – Eden Prairie

Jeremy Scribner
Jon Baxter
Jason Kopp
Linda Paquette

Gold Team

State CCDC Director and Compliance Monitor:
Janice Aanenson

Steve Richards

Red Team
Professional Hacking

Brian Johnson (Captain)
Erika von Kampen
Jordan Potti
Matt Weikert
Christian Sanchez
Justin Benjamin
Jerome Odegaard
George Massawe
Kat Traxler
Alex Willis
Nevada Romsdahl
Wesley Harden
Kevin Higgins
Brent Wong


Sponsor the next generation of IT and Cybersecurity college students by sponsoring  the Minnesota Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.
This event is a great opportunity for brand recognition and also to find untapped, exceptional talent who are focused on the highly desirable cybersecurity field.
Contact Janice Aanenson at janice.aanenson@metrostate.edu for more information today!