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Congratulations to the Stanford University team – the 2023 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC) Champions! To learn more or register, visit NationalCCDC.org.
The mission of the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) system is to provide institutions with an information assurance or computer security curriculum a controlled, competitive environment to assess their student’s depth of understanding and operational competency in managing the challenges inherent in protecting a corporate network infrastructure and business information systems.
The CCDC is unique because it focuses on the operational aspect of managing and protecting an existing network infrastructure. Other exercises examine the abilities of a group of students to design, configure, and protect a network over the course of an entire semester; however, this competition is focused on the more operational task of assuming administrative and protective duties for an existing “commercial” network.
CCDC is comprised of teams from any interested two- or four-year college or university and each consists of up to 8 students with no more than 2 graduate students on any team. Each competitor must be a full-time student. Only one team per institution is permitted each season.
Full winner information is available on the official NCCDC site.
Competitors are given an operational network they must secure, operate, and defend.
Teams are limited in their external hardware, software and Internet access to ensure a level playing field.
In the 2019 season, the most recent in-person NCCDC, 240+ schools and over 2,800 students competed in CCDC events across the United States.
In 2021, around 170 schools chose to participate in the second virtual NCCDC.
A team consists of up to 8 students with no more than 2 graduate students on any team. Each competitor must be a full-time student.
The NCCDC is a multi-day competition with 8 or more hours of competition time each day.
Teams designate a Team Captain for the duration of the competition to act as liaison between the competition staff and the teams before and during the competition.
Teams must be sponsored by a coach in a department faculty or staffed position at the competing university.
Only one team per institution is permitted each CCDC season.