Cyber Defense Competition 2017


Are you interested in designing foolproof networks, fending off cyber attacks and developing systems that keep information secure? Join Argonne National Laboratory in our Second Annual Cyber Defense Competition on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Collegiate teams (Blue Team) come together to design and defend their network against the attackers (Red Team), who attempts to infiltrate the network and disrupt services.

Blue Team collegiate registration is now closed.

[03/02/17] The COAR team is doing a REDDIT iAMA TODAY at 1:oopm/CT.

You can ask us questions about the upcoming CDC here:

Congratulations to the following schools participating in our 2017 Competition:

  • Dakota State University
  • Governors State University
  • Indiana Tech
  • Indiana University
  • Iowa State University
  • John A. Logan College
  • Kansas State University
  • Lewis University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • St. John’s University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Illinois Chicago
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • Wright State University

Important Dates

  • February 24, 2017 – All individuals attending the competition (teams, coaches and fans) need to complete Argonne’s Visitor Registration Form.
  • February 24, 2017 – Teams will receive the keys to their networks and the documentation of their network.
  • March 2, 2017 – Cyber Defense Competition Ask Me Anything on Reddit. Please watch the website and your emails for more information.
  • March 24, 2017 – Team documentation (white and green) is due to Argonne ( by 11:59pm CT. Early submission is encouraged, as teams will receive feedback. Late submissions will be docked points.
  • March 29, 2017 – Teams will lose remote access to their networks at 1:00pm CT.
  • March 31, 2017 – Team will gain (onsite) access to their networks at 12:00pm CT. Teams are welcome to setup at Argonne from 12:00pm-9:00pm CT.
  • April 1, 2017 – Teams are welcome to come to begin setup at 7:00am CT.
  • April 1, 2017 – Competition begins at 8:00am CT.
  • Questions? Email


  • Any update to rules can be found on the CDC under the Rules Tab. It is each team’s responsibility to look for any updates or changes to the rules.

April 2016 Competition Photos

Cyber Defense Competition

Learn about Argonne's Cyber Defense Competition

Save the Date!
March 31, 2017 - Setup
April 1, 2017 - Competition


  • Puzzle 1 - Genesis

    Use your hacking skills to solve puzzle 1 – Genesis. Puzzle Hint: What you seek, that you must find, can only be deduced, using steghide. Puzzle Answer: Click here: Decrypting-Genesis to see the technical documentation on how to solve Puzzle 1 … Read More

  • Puzzle 2 - Patronizare

    Puzzle 2 Answer: Click here: Decrypting Patronizare to view the documentation on how to solve Puzzle 2 – Patronizare. Puzzle 2 Winners: Congratulations to the following participants who successfully solved Puzzle 2 – Patronizare: … Read More

2016 Competition Winners

1st Place- Iowa State University

2nd Place- University of Northern Iowa

3rd Place- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign




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