Participation in cyber competitions, clubs, and conferences allow students to go beyond the traditional classroom to learn cybersecurity skills and develop professional traits. This page focus is to identify and list the CSPP Team's top choices for cybersecurity competitions at the local, state and national levels. Additionally, we feel that these competitions best promote independent student learning. Thus, each of the events listed here are intended to attract and encouraging both cybersecurity education and professional development outside of the traditional classroom.

Local Competitions & Summer Camps

PPCC Events:

19 - 23 June - Cyber Warrior Princess Camp - Teen College - The lack of women in IT and cybersecurity represents a failure to capitalize on the benefits of diverse perspectives: in a world dependent on innovation, diversity can bring the best and brightest problem-solvers to the table; and at a time when technology drives economic growth, it can yield a larger and more competitive workforce.

With a current deficient of trained and educated cybersecurity professionals, and a significant lack of females in cybersecurity positions, Cyber Warrior Princess aims to reach out to students in middle school to open the possibility of pursuing careers in cybersecurity!

AFCEA and PPCC joined to offer Cyber Warrior Princess Camp, a camp that provides a fun and encouraging time for girls to learn the technical and soft skills required to be successful in cybersecurity. Exposing girls to a variety of careers beginning as early as sixth grade will open up a new world of career possibilities for them!

Students will be exposed to various cybersecurity topics and projects including:

Learning about all aspects of security

Conduct open source research to identify vulnerabilities

Learn structure and function of network components

How to be secure on line

Participate in a Cyber Capture the Flag

Other Local Events

  • U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC): Summer Camps feature one week of specialized cybersecurity training that includes workshops, a job fair, and a culminating “Capture the Flag” competition. The workshops are led by college faculty, top SANS Institute instructors, and cybersecurity experts from the community. The workshops and presentations focus on a variety of topics ranging from intrusion detection, penetration testing and forensics. Participants can also participate in a job fair that provides them the opportunity to meet with USCC sponsors and discuss potential employment. The weeklong program ends with a competitive “Capture the Flag” competition and an awards ceremony attended by notables in the cybersecurity industry and government.
  • Qualification: Prospective participants must compete in the qualifying Cyber Quests Spring 2017 online competition in April to earn a spot at a summer USCC Summer Camp. Camp participation is only offered to United States citizens. Camp spaces are limited, competitive and by invitation only, so sign up for the Cyber Quests competition to test your cyber skills and advance your journey toward becoming a “Cyber Security Defender!” US Cyber Challenge: Cyber Quests Spring 2017: Cyber Quests are a series of fun but challenging on-line competitions allowing participants to demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of information security realms. Each quest features an artifact for analysis, along with a series of quiz questions. Some quests focus on a potentially vulnerable sample web server as the artifact, challenging participants to identify its flaws using vulnerability analysis skills. Other quests are focused around forensic analysis, packet capture analysis, and more. The quests have varying levels of difficulty and complexity, with some quests geared toward beginners, while others include more intermediate and ultimately advanced material. Registration will open on March 20, 2017
  • Learn more about Cyber Quests Spring 2017.

Regional & National Cyber Competitions

  • Rocky Mountain Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (RMRCCDC) is a relatively new collegiate-level competition, in its sixth year as the 10th region with competitors from Kansas, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, New Mexico and of course Colorado, providing collegiate teams an opportunity to earn the right to test their cybersecurity skills, knowledge and abilities on a national level. You will work as a replacement security operations team at a fictious company that is under attack by an adversary. The competition provides faculty a measure of the strength of their curriculum, students will find out how they do against long odds and pressure, pressure, pressure... and employers can search for current and future security, network and systems engineers. The team with the most points wins the right to represent the region at the NCCDC and demonstrate their skills to potential employers.
  • Learn more about RMRCCDC.
  • The National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC) is modeled from real-world scenarios, and is the first national-level Collegiate cybersecurity competition designed to test how well college students operate and manage a network infrastructure similar to those found in the commercial sector. Teams are scored based on their ability to detect and respond to outside threats, maintain availability of existing services such as mail servers and web servers, respond to business requests such as the addition or removal of additional services, and balance security needs against business needs.
  • Learn more about NCCDC.
  • CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. In its eighth year, CyberPatriot was conceived by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. To learn more about CyberPatriot competitions, watch these

Competitions aligned to the NICE 2.0 Framework

CyberCompEx maintains a comprehensive list of local, regional and national competitions that align with the NICE 2.0 Framework's 7 “Categories” and 34 “Specialty Areas” .

The CSPP Team recommends that students, educators and organizations interested in hosting or participating in a cybersecurity competition familiarize themselves with the history, rules and procedures of the relevant competitions on this website, based on the NICE 2.0 Framework.