The mission of the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) is to provide institutions with an information assurance or computer security curriculum a controlled, competitive environment to assess their student's depth of understanding and operational competency in managing the challenges inherent in protecting a corporate network infrastructure and business information systems. The competition is designed to:
Each team begins the competition with an identical set of hardware and software and is scored on their ability to detect and respond to outside threats, maintain availability of existing services, respond to business requests such as the addition or removal of additional services, and balance security needs against business needs.
Throughout the competition an automated scoring engine is used to verify the functionality and availability of each team's services on a periodic basis and traffic generators continuously feed simulated user traffic into the competition network. A volunteer red team provides the external threat all Internet-based services face and allows the teams to match their defensive skills against live opponents.
Infomation for students and coaches to help prepare your team.
Schedule, hotels and arrival information to plan your trip to Durham. Also included regional rules and conceptual competition network drawings.
One team per school. 4-12 students, maximum 2 graduate students. A faculty coach/mentor is required.
The 2018 competition will focus on using cloud technologies to support a Security Operations Center (SOC) and provide Incident Response (IR). The code to create the AWS framework infrastructure used in qualifying and the regional event is available as an open source Github respository to allow all schools to train/practice prior to qualifying.
This is your company's best opportunity to observe the best students working in real life cyber security scenarios.
Some great links to help teams (especially new teams) prepare.