‘Security Dawgs’ advance to Midwest Cyber Defense event

Going to Midwest regional – The Southern Illinois University Carbondale ‘Security Dawgs’ cyber defense team’s wildcard finish on March 10 qualified them for an eighth Midwest College Cyber Defense Competition in 11 years. Team members shown are, from left, Thomas Birch, Steven Osborn, Ronald “Quinn” DeBernardi, Trenton Taylor, faculty adviser Belle Woodward, Brianna Yagow, Mark Blume and Christian Scott. The team faces nine other teams in the Midwest regional competition, March 23-24, at Moraine Valley Community College. (Photo provided)

The SIU “Security Dawgs” advanced Saturday to claim a spot in the Midwest Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition later this month after a second-place wildcard finish on March 10.

The Security Dawgs will travel to Moraine Valley Community College on March 23-24 where they compete against nine other teams. The teams competing are the eight state champions, SIU, and Baldwin Wallace University, the team that won the wildcard event.

Eighth trip to regional cybersecurity competition

This marks the eighth time in the last 11 years the Security Dawgs have advanced to the Midwest Regional, including the past two years under the wildcard format. In all, there are 48 teams within the Midwest region.

“The Security Dawgs have shown again that their efforts to improve their knowledge in information security and to represent SIU at the regional competitions pay off,” said Tom Imboden, associate professor in information systems and applied technologies. “Their experience at the competition will help prepare them for the workforce.”

Midwest regional winner advances to nationals

The team that wins the Midwest region title will advance to face nine other regional winners at the 11th annual National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, April 13-15, in San Antonio, Texas.

This year’s team members are:

  • Thomas Birch
  • Mark Blume
  • Vincent Davis
  • Ronald “Quinn” DeBernardi
  • Steve Osborn
  • Christian Scott
  • Trenton Taylor
  • Brianna Yagow,


  • Ben Fairbanks
  • Jesse Frawley
  • Jacob Kupres
  • Curtis McRoy
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