School of Business Administration

Business students excel in annual cybersecurity competition

icon of a calendarSeptember 30, 2019

Share this story

Business students excel in annual cybersecurity competition
group photo of the O U Business teams at a cybersecurity competition
The OU Business teams locked up the top three spots in the ISACA competition and walked away with honors and a total of $8,000 in scholarship awards.

Several Oakland University business teams competed and excelled in the sixth annual ISACA Scholarship Competition. Hosted by the Detroit Chapter of Information System Audit and Control Association (ISACA), the contest challenges student teams to work on a real-world cybersecurity case and present their analysis and recommendations to a panel of industry professionals.

OU Business teams locked up the top three spots in the competition and walked away with honors and a total of $8,000 in scholarship awards. Sixteen teams from area universities participated in the case competition last spring.

Congratulations to the first place team members MIS students Addison Hutchison, Alyssa Lipinski and Bevin Thomas; second place team members Clare Grzegorzewski, MIS ’19, and Tyler Sajan, ACC/MGT ’16, MBA ’19; and third place team members MSITM students Dakota Gronski and Joey Molitor.

Bevin Thomas and Addison Hutchinson holding a first place trophy
Congratulations to the first place team members MIS students Addison
Hutchison, Alyssa Lipinski (not pictured) and Bevin Thomas.

The OU Business teams impressed the judges and program coordinator with their professionalism, and presentation and technical skills. Speaking of the first place team, competition judge M. Siobhan Jordan, ITO liaison, Ford, says “The team members were very professional in their mannerism, vocalization and presentation skills. The flow between them was smooth, their knowledge of the subject was evident.” The first place team “also had an outstanding PowerPoint presentation.”

Jordan and Sajay Rai, ISACA program coordinator, both observe that the academic knowledge, problem-solving and professional readiness integrated in the Oakland University business curriculum gives Oakland business students a definite edge.

“Since Oakland University students began participating in this annual contest, the bar has been set exceptionally higher,” says Rai.

Participating in case competitions like this allows students to hone their collaboration skills and put their educational knowledge to work in a real-world setting.

“This case competition helped me gain a deeper understanding and knowledge about security forensics and practice, and to really put into practice the ideas, strategies and skills we’ve been learning about,” says Molitor, director, business efficiency, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

“By intensely focusing on real events in a team-based setting, we were challenged to organize information quickly, define scope, then brainstorm and collaborate,” says Lipinski. “The feedback we received after the presentation was also valuable.”

“Having an open mind to consider the many possible solutions allowed my team member and I to factor through them and craft the correct solution. Organization is crucial,” says Sajan, COO, Safe N Simple.

Oakland University MIS Professors Xiaodong Deng and Eralda Caushaj encouraged members of the Oakland business teams to get involved, helped them prepare and attended the final presentation sessions to offer moral support.

“Our Oakland teams were very knowledgeable about their case, confident about their solution and acted like senior consultants providing professional advice and solutions,” says Dr. Deng.

“They are excellent students in the classroom and hardworking professionals outside the classroom. We are proud of their accomplishments,” says Dr. Caushaj.

Share this story