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DSU Cyber Defense Team Places Second in National Competition - Keloland
Students on DSU’s traveling cyber defense team placed second at the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in Texas last month. The competition challenges students with real world cyber security sceneries. Read More.

DSU Team Places Second at National CCDC - Dakota State University News

The Dakota State University team placed second in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC) in San Antonio, Texas on April 21-22. Each of the eight-team members had a specific role and executed it well. Read More.

DSU’s Cybersecurity Team Wins 2nd Place in National Cyber Defense Competition - Argus Leader

A team from Dakota State University placed second in a national cyber security competition over the weekend. DSU’s team battled against nine other teams to win second place in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition presented by Raytheon Intelligence & Space in San Antonio over April 21-23. Read More.

CCDC Team Heads to National Competition - Dakota State University News

Practice and experience can make a huge difference with any endeavor. With cyber defense competitions, this is especially true. Dakota State students have a long institutional history with the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competitions (CCDC). Throughout the 18 years, the competition has taken place, a DSU team has been a finalist six times, including a second-place finish in 2013, and a third-place finish in 2018. Read More.

Dakota State University students headed for national cybersecurity competition - Argus Leader

Eight students from Dakota State University are going to the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competitions next week after winning a regional competition in February. DSU has a long history with the CCDC. In the 18 years the competition has been around, DSU teams have been finalists six times, including placing second in 2013 and third in 2018. Read More.

Teams Capture The Flag At Conference Competitions - Dakota State University News

Dakota State students took top spots in capture-the-flag (CTF) competitions at the spring Women in Cyber Security (WiCyS) Conference. One CTF competition was sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute, another by Google. Read More.

DSU Teams “Capture the Flag” at Competitions - Brandon Valley Journal

Dakota State students took top spots in capture-the-flag competitions at the spring Women in Cyber Security Conference. One CTF competition was sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute, another by Google. Read More.

DSU Honored Students - Dakota State University News
Annabelle Klosterman has been awarded the V.A. Lowry Award. This award is based on the student’s scholarly involvement and leadership in their program of study. It is named for V.A. Lowry, who was president of DSU from 1933-1962. He devoted much of his life to creating an environment of academic excellence at this university. Read More.
Adobe Research Award Recipients - Adobe
One part of creating the best products is bringing a diverse group of people together. To bring more gender diversity to the technology industry, Adobe Research created the Women-in-Technology Scholarship program to recognize outstanding female undergraduate and master’s students in North American universities studying computer science, computer engineering, and closely related fields. Read More.
A Home for Cyber Security Research - Keloland

Madison Cyber Labs or MadLabs opened on Dakota State University’s campus in 2019. In the building, you’ll find a collection of different research labs centered around cyber security. Read More.

South Dakota Cybersecurity Leader Gets Honored at the Smithsonian - Keloland

The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. is honoring women leaders in STEM next month through a new exhibit featuring one impressive South Dakotan. Ashley Podhradsky is being recognized with a life-sized, 3D printed statue of herself in the Smithsonian’s Women’s Futures Month exhibit. She is one of 120 leaders to be featured. Read More.

Businesses Demonstrate It Takes a Village to Support Higher Education, Help All Ages Succeed in Cyber - Sioux Falls Business
It took a village to put together the summer GenCyber camps at Dakota State University, President José-Marie Griffiths told campers at this year’s GenCyber Girls in CybHER® Security camp. Announcements on the camp’s opening day also showed that it takes a village to inspire and educate the future workforce. Two businesses – Peraton and SBS CyberSecurity — were featured that day for their efforts to increase the number and diversity of students entering cyber fields. Read More.
UMSA Award Winners - United Midwest Security Alliance

It was with much excitement that we announced the 2022 UMSA Foundation Scholarship winners at the 2022 Secure360 Conference on May 11th. Not only were we able to meet most of the recipients in person, but we got to learn more about them & celebrate their continued accomplishments! Read More.


DSU Students Win at Capture the Flag Competitions - Dakota State University News

Dakota State University students have been competing – and succeeding – in digital Capture the Flag (CTF) competitions for years. Case in point, DSU teams have won first place in the CTF competition at Wild West Hackin’ Fest for two years in a row. Read More.

Sisters Create Cyber Resource - Sioux Falls Business

“Computers are becoming more and more a part of daily life,” said Mariel Klosterman, a Dakota State University network and security administration major. “If people know how to work with them, they’ll never be out of a job.” Initially, these jobs would have had a networking or hardware focus, but now “there are so many areas in technology fields, and they keep coming up with new ones,” Mariel said. “That’s what makes the field exciting.” Read More.

Capture the Flag Competition at National Conference - Dakota State University Joint Committee on Appropriations
Annabelle Klosterman wins Capture the Flag Competition at National Conference. Read More.
Two Students Chosen as Scholars at National Conference - Dakota State University News

Annabelle Klosterman and Alexis Kulm have another honor to add to their lengthy résumés. These two Dakota State University students have been chosen as security scholars for the upcoming national RSA Conference. The conference will take place in February 2022, in-person in San Francisco, and digitally. Read More.

Former CyberPatriot Competitors Launch the Cyber Community Club - CyberPatriot, The National Youth Education Program

Former CyberPatriot competitors, Annabelle Klosterman, Mariel Klosterman, and Austen King created and are now launching the Cyber Community Club (Cx3) – a community of likeminded individuals striving to educate middle and high school students in the STEM fields of technology and cybersecurity. Read More.

SD Wing Cadets Form Group to Support Cyber Training - Civil Air Parol

Two cadets from the South Dakota Wing’s Big Sioux Composite Squadron are using their CyberPatriot training and experience to help bring needed cyber science and STEM educational opportunities to smaller middle and high school groups as well as those in rural areas. As reported in the Air Force Association CyberPatriot CyberSentinel, C/Lt Col Annabelle Klosterman and C/Capt Austen King have created and launched the Cyber Community Cub (Cx3). Read More.

Where Are They Now? Q&A with ESET Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship Winners - ESET

For the past five years, ESET North America has gotten to know remarkable women who are pursuing the field of cybersecurity via our scholarship program. In our sixth year of the program, which provides $5,000 scholarships for three recipients in the United States, we are thrilled to extend the program to Canada where an additional scholarship will be awarded. Read More.

DSU Honorable Students - Dakota State University News

Annabelle Klosterman was awarded the Campus Student Leaders award. This honor is awarded to students who have been very active on campus and exemplify the highest degree of skill in management, communications, personal relationships, vital involvement and university accomplishments. Read More.

Peraton Partners with CybHER - Dakota State University News

CybHER is providing seven Dakota State University (DSU) students with scholarships this spring, courtesy of a new sponsor, Peraton. The $15,000 gift will provide funds for $500 scholarships this spring semester, and again this fall. Read More.

Homecoming Royalty Announced at DSU - Dakota State University News

Dakota State University is celebrating 140 years of its history in 2021. Members of the Homecoming court represent various clubs and organizations on campus and are elected by the student body. The 2020 royalty, Jacia Christiansen and Piyush Vyas crowned the 2021 King and Queen, Brock McCrory and Annabelle Klosterman. Read More.

SBS Cybersecurity Sponsors CybHER at WiCyS - SBS Cybersecurity

Unfortunately, only 24 percent of the current cyber workforce is female. But this alarming statistic doesn’t stop the women at Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota from making their mark in the cyber world. Read More.

SBS/Gamewell Family Scholarship Motivates Students - Dakota State University News

There is no question that the SBS CyberSecurity, LLC/Gamewell Family Scholarship helps Dakota State students with school fees and tuition, but the funding is also a motivation, say this semester’s recipients. Read More.

(ISC)² Awards Nearly $100,000 in Cybersecurity Scholarships to Women, Undergraduate and Graduate Students - (ISC)²
(ISC)² – the world’s largest nonprofit association of certified cybersecurity professionals – today announced the recipients of its Women’s Cybersecurity Scholarships, Undergraduate Cybersecurity Scholarships and Graduate Cybersecurity Scholarships. Read More.


Cyber Jump Start - Dakota State University News

Annabelle Klosterman is only a first-year student at Dakota State, but her early experience in technology has helped her earn significant scholarship recognition. She began exploring cyber studies by attending DSU’s GenCyber camps as a middle school student. Read More.

Cybersecurity is a Family Affair for this Scholarship Winner - Infosec Institute

To label 2020 Infosec Accelerate scholarship recipient Annabelle Klosterman a high achiever might be an understatement. This South Dakota native graduated from high school this year and is starting at Dakota State University as a sophomore due to already earned credits. Read More.

Competition Wins Bring ‘Cyber Clout’ - Dakota State University News
Collegiate cyber competitions sharpen the skills Dakota State graduates need for the workplace. Wins in those competitions sharpen DSU’s reputation among those in the field. Read More.
Civil Air Patrol Teams to Compete at National Cyber Competition - Civil Air Patrol, US Air Force Auxiliary

The second Civil Air Patrol team to reach the finals, the South Dakota Wing’s Big Sioux Composite Squadron, did so for the sixth time, having previously competed on the national stage from 2012-2015 and 2019. Previous Big Sioux cadet teams achieved a second-place overall finish in 2015, a Networking Finals victory in 2012 and a Forensics Competition win in 2013. Read More.

(ISC)² Cybersecurity Scholarship Recipients - (ISC)²

Annabelle Klosterman is awarded (ISC)²’s Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship award. Read More.

Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship Winner for 2020 - Cyber Defense Awards

The Black Unicorn Awards normally take place during Black Hat USA, however, due to COVID-19, the Black Hat USA 2020 event has become a virtual event. Inclusive in our awards, we not only have the Top 100 Women in Cybersecurity to share, we opened our first annual Women in Cybersecurity scholarship program. Read More.

Congratulations To Intertech STEM Scholarship Winner Annabelle Klosterman - Intertech
One of the Intertech Foundation’s focuses is the inspiration of young people towards the building of science, engineering, and technology skills. To further that pursuit, the Foundation has selected four STEM scholarship winners for 2020, each excelling in Math and Science, just graduated from high school, and pursuing college studies in computer science. Read More.
ESET Announces Winners of 2020 Women in Cybersecurity Awards - ESET
ESET, a global leader in cybersecurity, today announced the winners of the fifth annual ESET Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship. Designed to help address the underrepresentation of women in the cybersecurity field, the $5,000 scholarships ($20,000 total) were granted to four outstanding women studying information security. Read More.
VIP Announces 2020 Scholarship Winners - Visionary Integration Professionals
Since its initial launch in 2007, VIP’s WITS program has awarded scholarships to more than a hundred women pursuing a career in a variety of technical fields such as computer science, information technology (IT), management information systems and computer engineering. Read More.
CybHER Receives Grant to Honor High School Girls Interested in Cyber Fields - Sioux Falls Business

When it comes to female cybersecurity students, Dakota State University has seen an incredible 595 percent increase in undergraduate students studying computer science, cyber operations, and network and security administration at DSU. Read More.

Klosterman Awarded ESET Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship - Brandon Valley Journal
A Brandon native is one of four young women to be awarded an ESET Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship. Designed to help the underrepresentation of women in the cybersecurity field, the $5,000 scholarships were granted to four women studying information security. Read More.


Civil Air Patrol Squad Does Well in Cyber Contest - Brookings Register

A team of cadet cyber-sleuths from Big Sioux Composite Squadron (Brookings) won an all-expenses-paid trip to the national finals of the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Competition to be held April 8-10 in Baltimore. In the finals, the team will defend virtual networks and mobile devices from a professional aggressor team. Read More.

Teams from Calif., Minn., S.D. Headed to AFA National STEM Competitions - Civil Air Patrol, US Air Force Auxiliary

Three cadet teams from the California, Minnesota and South Dakota wings will be competing next month in the national finals of two Air Force Association STEM education competitions — the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition and StellarXplorers, the National High School Space Challenge.Read More.

Big Sioux Composite Squadron to Compete in National Cyber Competition - CyberPatriot, National Cyber Youth Education Program

Big Sioux Composite Squadron Team to Compete in National Cyber Competition Read More.

South Dakota “Rocket Girls” Blast Off To Kennedy Space Center - Keloland
By now we know what happens at the Kennedy Space Center, but the facility is also launching the dreams of several South Dakota high school students. A group left the Sioux Falls Regional Airport Thursday morning. A two-day camp is the the next stop, but the real destination is unlimited career potential. Read More.


CAP Exercise Held in Mitchell Saturday - Radio
About fifty members of the South Dakota Civil Air patrol gathered at the Mitchell Regional Airport Saturday for a day-long search and rescue exercise evaluated by the U.S. Air Force. C-A-P Spokeswoman, Cadet Captain Annabelle Klosterman of the Brookings Squadron says the exercise and evaluation are critical to the Civil Air Patrol’s mission. Read More.


National Cadet Competition Finalists - Civil Air Patrol, US Air Force Auxiliary

In all, 96 cadets from 12 wings in all eight CAP regions competed for three days in the prestigious inspection and drill event, which originated 70 years ago. Started in 1947, the National Cadet Competition has inspired generations of cadets to strive for excellence. Read More.

DSU Hosts Tech-Savvy Females - Madison Daily Leader
Dakota State University hosted an event on Wednesday that recognized the talents and big plans of a group of tech-savvy teenagers. The DSU gathering was held for female high school students from across South Dakota and two from North Dakota who are interested in technology and computing. The event provided the setting for the National Center for Women and Information Technology to present its awards for Aspirations in Computing. Read More.