Collegiate cyber defense competition where teams of 8 defend real-world networks
World's largest cyber defense competition cofounded with the Air Force to inspire students towards STEM careers
Individual or team network assessment and network defense competition where competitors vie for control of resources
Collegiate cyber defense competition where teams compete by securing provided virtual machines
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Panoply is a network assessment and network defense competition combined into a single event. Panoply events may be played as individual or team competitions. During Panoply, competitors vie for control of common resources and the critical services on those resources. Once a competitor takes possession of a resource, they must secure it against attacks from other players and maintain the critical services running on the resource. Competitors accumulate points for controlling and operating critical services such as SMTP, DNS, HTTP, HTTPS, SSH and so on.
Panoply is a timed competition event. At the beginning of the competition, common resources are available for teams to scan, assess, and penetrate. To claim ownership of a service, teams must plant their flag, an assigned hexadecimal string, inside the banner of the service. An automated scanner detects ownership changes and awards ownership of the service to the team whose flag appears in the service banner.
At random intervals, an automated scoring engine checks the status and functionality of all critical services. If a team has ownership of a functional critical service during a successful service check, that team is awarded points for owning and maintaining a critical service. Teams accumulate points for each critical service they control and continue to accumulate points as long as they own and maintain those critical services. Teams that fail to secure resources and services they have captured may have them taken away by rival teams.
Throughout the competition new resources are added to the common pool, forcing teams to choose between defending existing assets and going after new assets. The team with the highest point total at the end of the competition wins.
Whether a professional organization or event, the CIAS can conduct a Panoply competition for you. Contact Dwayne.Williams@utsa.edu to learn how we can help create a personalized Panoply event for your organization!
The CIAS introduced Panoply to the world at the 25th Security in Government Conference held in Canberra, Australia in 2013. Following the success of Panoply at ISC2 Security Congress and Blackhat (both U.S. and Europe) events, the CIAS developed this event’s international counterpart, eSentinel, with funding and support from the Department of Homeland Security.
The CIAS was established at UTSA in June of 2001 as part of UTSA’s creation of a cybersecurity program. The CIAS delivers quality research, training, K-12 education, and competition and exercise programs to advance organizational and community cybersecurity capabilities and collaboration.