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Clark State Community College students have competed in cybersecurity competitions as follows:

2012 - 2013: The Air Force Institute on Technology (AFIT), a CAE and Scholarship for Service University, invited Clark State Community College students to complete against U.S. Air Force cadets participating from universities around the country in AFIT’s annual Hackfest.

As a part of this program, Clark State and the AFIT cadets were provided training by AFIT faculty, including Dr. Gilbert Peterson. Dr. Peterson prepared a scholarly article which includes his research on the value of the competitions:  Insider Threat Detection using Virtual Machine Introspection

2014 - 2015: Riverside Research provided ethical hacking training and engaged Clark State students in Ethical Hacking competitions. Several participating Clark State students were selected by Riverside for scholarships as a result of their involvement:

As the award for winning the 2015 Riverside Research Ethical Hacking competition, Mr. Shayne Kiser, a Clark State student majoring in Cybersecurity/Information Assurance Technology, was selected to participate in the invitation only international DayCon9 conference which gathers cyber professionals, largely from the military and defense contractors.

Clark State cybersecurity students won the first place prize award by an Information Technology industry association called Technology First in 2015.

2015 - present: A key effort that Clark State undertakes to expand and speed-up the number of qualified cybersecurity professionals ready to enter the workplace is to work closely with regional high schools to allow students to become Clark State cybersecurity students simultaneously. An extremely important part of that strategy is to engage those early college Clark State students in the Cyber Patriot competition while they are attending high school.

Clark State sponsors the competition fees and provides other resources for teams, enabling dual-enrolled Clark State/high school students to compete. One team achieved high honors, placing first in the State of Ohio Cyber Patriot competition finals.

2016: BATEC, a National Science Foundation National Center for Advanced Technological Education teamed-up with Clark State and Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey, to provide a Hack-A-Thon for Clark State students who competed along with students from Wittenberg, Kaplan  and Central State universities. The winning three-person team included a Clark State student and each who won a student membership in the National Cyberwatch Center’s National Cybersecurity Student Association. The team was recognized at Community Showcase event attended by public officials, industry leaders and academic professionals.

2016: A Clark State team is competing this fall in the 2016 National Cyber League (NCL) competition. More information about the NCL can be found on the link below.


Clark State Community College staff and students support larger cybersecurity activities by attending conferences and giving presentations.

Cathryn Balas, Clark State co-principal investigator, Cyber-Pro attended the 2016 Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) Cybersecurity conference in Pittsburgh, PA on July 21-23, 2016, and presented at the conference on Ethical Hacking with Professor Michael Qaissaunee,  Brookdale Community College, New Jersey. 

Cathryn Balas, Clark State co-principal investigator, Cyber-Pro attended the 2016 Hi Tec conference in Pittsburgh, PA on July 25-28, 2016, and presented at the conference on training high school students in cybersecurity with Shawnee High School teacher Rosie Mathies and Kim Fish, director of student engagement for Springfield City School District.

Upcoming Conference Information

Center for Cyber Defense Education Contact

Danis J. Heighton
Professor, Computer Networking, Cybersecurity/IA
LRC Building
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