National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

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The National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC) is the championship event for the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition system – the largest college-level cyber defense competition in the USA.[1] The event is held annually in the San Antonio area.

In an effort to help facilitate the development of a regular, national level cyber security exercise, the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) hosted the first Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition for the Southwestern region in May 2005. On June 29, 2010, United States House legislature passed recognizing the National CCDC for promoting cyber security curriculum.[2]

While similar to other cyber defense competitions in many aspects, the NCCDC, is unique in that it focuses on the operational aspect of managing and protecting an existing network infrastructure. While other exercises examine the abilities of a group of students to design, configure, and protect a network over the course of an entire semester, this competition is focused on the more operational task of assuming administrative and protective duties for an existing commercial network. Teams are assessed 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.[3]


The NCCDC is operated under the rules as published by the Center for Infrastructure and Assurance at UTSA.[4] The current rules can be found at Homepage.

Regional Competitions[edit]

Several regional groups have formed to provide qualifying events for the NCCDC annual event. Some regions share and overlap various states. Every effort is made to make each regional event consistent with the NCCDC event.

Name Comprised region
At-Large Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition[5] Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico
Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition[6] Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia
Midwest Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition[7] Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio, and Wisconsin
North Central Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition[8] North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming
Northeastern Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition[9] Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont
Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition[10] Idaho, Oregon, and Washington
Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition[11] Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Utah
Southeastern Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition[12] Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee
Southwest Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition[13] Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas
Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition[14] Arizona, California, and Nevada

Past Competitions[edit]

Date of event Winner Second Place Third Place Other Competing Teams
2016April 22-24, 2016 University of Central Florida, FL Brigham Young University, UT DePaul University, IL
2015April 24-26, 2015 University of Central Florida, FL University of California, Berkeley, CA Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
2014April 25-27, 2014 University of Central Florida, FL Rochester Institute of Technology, NY University of Alaska at Fairbanks, AK
2013April 19–21, 2013 Rochester Institute of Technology, NY Dakota State University, SD Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, IN
2012April 20–22, 2012 University of Washington, WA Air Force Academy, CO Texas A&M University, TX
2011April 8–10, 2011 University of Washington, WA Texas A&M University, TX University of Louisville, KY
2010April 16–18, 2010 Northeastern University, MA University of Louisville, KY Cal Poly Pomona, CA
2009April 17–19, 2009 Baker College at Flint, MI Northeastern University, MA Texas A&M University, TX
2008April 18–20, 2008 Baker College at Flint, MI Texas A&M University, TX University of Louisville, KY
2007April 13–15, 2007 Texas A&M University, TX Millersville University, PA University of Louisville, KY
2006April 21–23, 2006 University of North Carolina at Charlotte, NC Southern Illinois University, IL Millersville University, PA
2005April 15–17, 2005[note 1] Texas A&M University, TX


  1. ^ This was the CCDC pilot competition.


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