Top Choices for Cybersecurity Competitions & Camps
Participation in cyber competitions, clubs, and conferences allow students to go beyond the traditional classroom to learn cybersecurity skills and develop professional traits.
Here are the CSPP team's top choices for cybersecurity competitions at the local, state and national levels. These competitions best promote independent student learning. Each of the events listed here are intended to attract and encouraging both cybersecurity education and professional development outside of the traditional classroom.
U.S. Cyber Challenge
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.
Prospective participants must compete in the qualifying Cyber Quests Spring 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
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.
To learn more about CyberPatriot competitions, watch these videos.
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.
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.
National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition
The 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.