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Congratulations to our 2022 Hivestorm winners!

1st place

University of California, Irvine

2nd place

Rochester Institute of Technology

3rd place

University of Tulsa

A virtual event, Hivestorm is a collegiate-focused cyber defense competition that allows teams to compete together or separately from any location around the world. Using the CIAS Cyber Competition System, Hivestorm provides immediate feedback to competitors when team actions gain or lose points and a central scoreboard allows teams to monitor their performance relative to their peers.

Hivestorm provides an excellent opportunity for teams to practice security, forensic, configuration and system administration tasks. The defensive and administrative skills developed and exercised help prepare students for other events, such as the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition or Panoply.

To help develop these skills, Hivestorm teams compete by securing provided Windows and Linux based virtual machines – removing malware and other infections, correcting misconfigurations, mitigating vulnerabilities, disabling vulnerable services, and more. Teams accumulate points for addressing each scored issue and must race against the clock to accumulate as many points as they can before time expires.

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Launched in 2019 as the CIAS’ newest competition program, Hivestorm has quickly grown year-over-year. In 2023, it grew to 264 teams from over 80 schools across the U.S. – including Puerto Rico!

Team Composition

Hivestorm teams consist of 2 to 4 players. Players must be registered students of the institution they are representing. Colleges and universities may enter multiple teams, but students may only participate on a single team during each Hivestorm event.

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