Madison College hosts state collegiate cyber defense competition

In a world where data breaches are becoming a common occurrence, the need for cyber security experts is on the rise.


On Saturday, Feb. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Madison College is hosting the State Collegiate Cyber Defense competition on the third floor of the Truax Health Education Building (1705 Hoffman St.) 


Madison College hosts state collegiate cyber defense competition

Eight-person teams from five Wisconsin colleges and universities will build and defend their mock production business infrastructure from professional “hackers” who will attempt to breach their security. Wisconsin Chief Information Officer David Cagigal is doing a brief presentation in the morning. Participating in the competition are:


-Madison College

-Milwaukee School of Engineering

-Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (Fennimore)

-UW-Stout (Menomonie)

-Waukesha County Technical College


Madison College was recently recognized as a Cybersecurity Academic Center of Excellence by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Only four colleges in Wisconsin have received the prestigious designation.


Madison College serves more than 33,000 students throughout a 12-county district in south-central Wisconsin, offering nearly 180 diverse career programs, diplomas and certificates. Its mission is to provide open access to quality higher education that fosters lifelong learning and success in the communities it serves. Madison College is the second-largest institution in the Wisconsin Technical College System.