There is more to a college education than simply coursework. Students can learn important skills and life lessons from academic team activities.
Students interested in computer science have the opportunity to hone their programming, teamwork, and problem-solving skills through programming competitions. DSU competes in the North Central region of the Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC).
DSU's defensive security teams meet and practice weekly to prepare for various defensive security competitions, both regionally and nationally. Students are able to apply topics discussed in classes – networking, security, and administration – to real-world scenarios. The competitions charge the teams with defending a small computer network from attack while keeping the network functional. DSU teams have competed in the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC), the Department of Energy Cyber Defense Competition (DoE CDC), and the ISEAGE Cyber Defense Competition (CDC).
DSU's offensive security teams put their skills to the test in offensive-focused competitions. These competitions showcase the students’ abilities with reverse engineering and malware analysis, software exploitation, penetration testing and ethical hacking, and web application security. Teams compete in various capture-the-flag (CTF) events as well as National Cyber League and the Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC).