Department of Energy
Cyber Defense Competition
April 6-7, 2018


DOE Cyber Defense Competition Application is now OPEN!
Applications are open until February 9 at 5pm CT.

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Key Dates

  • February 9, 2018 5:00pm cst — Application Deadline
  • February 16, 2018 5:00pm cst — Notification of Status
  • February 23, 2018 5:00pm cst — Last Day to make changes to your team roster

What is a Cyber Defense Competition?

A Cyber Defense Competition (CDC) is a competition that focuses on the defensive/hardening nature of cyber security.  A typical CDC has a Blue Team (defenders) that protects a network infrastructure from the Red Team (attackers). A blue team consists of college students who secure and harden their competition system. A red team consists of students or industry professionals that work to cause cyber destruction to the blue teams’ network infrastructures. The competition is scored utilizing a point system. Points can be both given and taken away depending on the actions or lack of action from both blue and red teams. The blue team with the most points at the end of the competition is declared the winner of the event.

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Department of Energy Cyber Defense Competition News

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Setup - April 6, 2018
Competition - April 7, 2018


  • CDC 2018 Invitation to Apply

    Teams will be reviewed on the completeness of their application, diversity of knowledge, skills, perspectives, and innovative defense strategy. The competition is free. Teams need to make a best effort in obtaining travel funding. Limited funds are available for partial travel support. Read More

2017 Competition Winners

1st Place- University of Illinois Chicago

2nd Place (tied)- Kansas State University

2nd Place (tied)- Dakota State University

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