US Cyber Challenge

Ages:High School, Undergraduate

Type:Tournament

Categories:Coding & Computer Science, Cyber Security, Mathematics, STEM

Scope:International

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.

The US Cyber Challenge includes two main components, (1) a qualifying round of "Cyber Quests" and (2) a set of Cyber Camps. Top scoring students in the Cyber Quests round are invited  to participate in the Cyber Camps. 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 lead 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 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!”

Students first compete in the online Cyber Quest challenges. 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. Top students by rank are then invited  to participate in the competitive Cyber Camps in three locations in the US: Illinois, Delaware, and Utah. Each camp features four days of intense instruction, culminating in a capture the flag-style competition.

Rankings in the Cyber Quests will be determined based on who achieves the highest score in the shortest amount of time. In the event of a tie score, the shortest time is the winner. Your highest score among your three attempts will be counted as your final score. The time is calculated based on when you first open the quiz and when you submit your final answers; the timer DOES NOT stop if you leave and come back! For example, if you start the quiz at 2:00pm, work on it for an hour, then come back the next day at 1:00pm and submit your final answers at 1:05pm, your time would be 23:05:00.
This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Website: http://www.uscyberchallenge.org

Managing Organization: Center for Internet Security

Contact:
Karen Evans
kevans@uscyberchallenge.org

Entry Fee: $0

This competition is open to students in High School, Undergraduate.

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.

Overview

The US Cyber Challenge includes two main components, (1) a qualifying round of "Cyber Quests" and (2) a set of Cyber Camps. Top scoring students in the Cyber Quests round are invited  to participate in the Cyber Camps. 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 lead 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 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!”

Process

Students first compete in the online Cyber Quest challenges. 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. Top students by rank are then invited  to participate in the competitive Cyber Camps in three locations in the US: Illinois, Delaware, and Utah. Each camp features four days of intense instruction, culminating in a capture the flag-style competition.

Criteria

Rankings in the Cyber Quests will be determined based on who achieves the highest score in the shortest amount of time. In the event of a tie score, the shortest time is the winner. Your highest score among your three attempts will be counted as your final score. The time is calculated based on when you first open the quiz and when you submit your final answers; the timer DOES NOT stop if you leave and come back! For example, if you start the quiz at 2:00pm, work on it for an hour, then come back the next day at 1:00pm and submit your final answers at 1:05pm, your time would be 23:05:00.

Awards

This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Participate

Website: http://www.uscyberchallenge.org

Managing Organization: Center for Internet Security

Contact:
Karen Evans
kevans@uscyberchallenge.org

Entry Fee: $0

This competition is open to students in High School, Undergraduate.

Deadlines

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.