Northeastern University's Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition Team

What is CCDC?

The Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition is an annual red-team vs. blue-team competition between colleges and universities in the United States.

The competition is split into various regions across the US, and our team is part of the Northeast region.

The Team

Our team consists of students from many diverse backgrounds and fields of expertise.

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Federico Cassano

  • Our captain
  • Focus: Virtualization and Linux
  • Enjoys the Racket programming langugage
  • Likes to write papers in his free time

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Ali Bobi

  • Our Co-Captain
  • Focus: Windows
  • Vim connoisseur

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Kyle Sferrazza

  • Our coach
  • 2021-2022 captain, led team to CCDC Nationals
  • Focus: Linux
  • Knows every CLI argument for GNU screen
  • “Our domain controller is running out of battery!”

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Simon Bruklich

  • Our coach
  • 2022-2023 captain, led team to CCDC Nationals, again
  • Focus: Windows
  • Started Windows career on Vista circa 2008
  • Prefers Windows Home over Windows Pro

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Derek Ng

  • Focus: Linux

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Shannon Assouline

  • Focus: Linux

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Charlie Bershatsky

  • Focus: Industrial Systems and obscure Linux things
  • Still runs MacOS Big Sur
  • Secretly wishes they were cool enough to daily drive linux

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Evan Defloor

  • Focus: Windows
  • Linux rice enthusiast

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Jake Ginesin

  • Focus: Linux and Networking
  • Does some stuff with math that you won’t understand
  • Formally analyzed the SCTP protocol

Incoming Members

Members currently in training to compete next season.

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Owen Seltzer


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Penelope Om


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Akul Sethi



Previous team members, captains, and coaches.

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Max Sebso

  • Focus: Linux

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Dennis Giese

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Michael Wang

  • 2020-2021 coach

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Matthew Kline

  • 2020-2021 captain
  • Focus: Windows
  • Can trigger a Blue Screen of Death on anything

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Brianna Weinstein

  • Focus: Linux

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Fiona McCrae

  • Focus: Linux
  • Reinstalled OS on family computer to circumvent parental controls (age 12)
  • Bricked family computer

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Samir Elhelw

  • Focus: SOC & Windows

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Hava Kantrowitz

  • Focus: SOC & Networks

How do I join?

We’re glad you’re interested in joining the team!

We have an annual tryout process which takes place between the end of September and early November. The CCDC competition starts early in the spring semester. Everyone is welcome to try out – graduates and undergraduates, as well as international students.

You can obtain more information regarding CCDC (including tryouts) by sending us an email at [email protected] or joining our mailing list.