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Western Cybersecurity Students help protect local governments

Western Cybersecurity students get hands-on experience by analyzing data collected through the Pisces Project- a pro bono security monitoring service for local governments.  Read more here: Cybersecurity in Kitsap is done by students thanks to Pisces program through Western 

Western Places 1st in 2019 CyberForce Competition

In November 2019, the WWU Cyber Defense Team competed at PNNL in Richland in the Department of Energy Cyberforce Competition.  This nationwide competition included over 100 teams from around the world.  PNNL hosted 18 of the teams, including 14 from Washington (the highest number from any state).  Western place 10th nationwide, 2nd in the Region, and 1st in Washington State.  This was the second year in a row Western placed 1st in Washington.  The team has been preparing for this competition since before fall quarter. Team members are: Joshua Stuifbergen (team captain), Charles Lewis, Ben Paros, Chase Warren, Jack Stratton, Grant Barton.

Spotlight: Cybersecurity Student Kim Huynh

2019 has been a busy year for Western Cybersecurity Student, Kim Huynh.  She started Western’s chapter of Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) and won the WiCyS National Student Chapter Leadership Award, all while carrying a full course load and interning at Premera Blue Cross.  Read more about Kim here: WWU Student Kim Huynh Wins National Cybersecurity Award

Western Places 1st in 2018 CyberForce Competition

Congratulations to WWU's Cyber Competition Team: Emerson Powers, Jack Stratton, Miranda Skar, Ky Tran, Kevin Virk, and Kyle Pak.

In early December 2018, they travelled to PNNL in Richland to compete at the Department of Energy CyberForce Competition. Competing against 70+ teams nationwide at 7 National Laboratories, Western placed first for Washington State (of 12 teams), second for the Pacific Northwest National Lab (of 16 teams, behind OSU), and sixth nationally. 

"How do you break that?"

Western Cybersecurity students get hands-on experience through Cyber Range Poulsbo, the PISCES Project, and studies of real-world organizations. Read more in the Kitsap Sun article:  'How do you break that?': Inside Western Washington's new cybersecurity program in Poulsbo

Teachers and Middle-Schoolers attend Western's Summer Cybercamp

Five local teachers and 23 middle-schoolers attended Western's week-long Cybercamp in Poulsbo in July 2018.  One day was spent at the SEA Discovery Center, performing experiments in a marine environment and securing their data transmissions. Read more: Western Washington University exposes kids, teachers to cybersecurity through camp