Thank you to everyone who supported our inaugural Cyber Threat Defender (CTD) card design contest for Cybersecurity Month 2021! Community members and students (ages 11+) were able to share their knowledge of cybersecurity by creating their own CTD card.

Thanks to so many great submissions, the CIAS selected three card designs for inclusion in future booster packs. The CIAS also created new cards that were based on the winning entries, which are now available in the Cyber Threat Defender: Digital game. 

You can also see the winning designs below or share your thoughts on what the next cards should look like via our social media pages. We encourage you to start thinking about what cards will enhance the current CTD starter decks and booster packs – we will be accepting your submissions in October 2022 with our next Custom Card Challenge! 


The CIAS will be accepting submissions for the next Custom Card Challenge in October 2022. Come back soon for details!

Whether designing a defense, attack, asset or event card, you may only enter one card. In addition to the winning cards being added to CTD Digital,  they may be adapted and integrated into an upcoming booster pack!

The top place finishers will also receive:

  • First Place: Four Cyber Threat Defender Starter Decks, two Personnel Booster Packs, two Advanced Threat Booster Packs, two Cyber Threat Defender game mats, two Cyber Threat Defender t-shirts, two mystery booster packs, and one National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition backpack
  • Second Place: Two Cyber Threat Defender Starter Decks, two Personnel Booster Packs, two Advanced Threat Booster Packs, and two Cyber Threat Defender game mats
  • Third Place: Two Personnel Booster Packs, two Advanced Threat Booster Packs, and two Cyber Threat Defender game mats


Janin Glaser, 13

1st place winner 2021

Jacob Peralta, 14

2nd place winner 2021


This contest is judged by the Cyber Threat Defender game developers and CIAS staff. Cards are judged on:

  • Synergy: Cards shouldn’t just be designed well, but they should play well in the game’s starter deck and other booster packs. Make sure you understand how your card plays well with others!
  • Card Type Appropriateness: Cards should properly represent the card type they’re in (i.e., Asset, Defense, Attack, Event).
  • Rarity Appropriateness: While card submissions are expected to be unique from existing cards (see full list of cards here), some cards may be duplicated for ultimate effects (e.g., an ISP Connection card allows for two Desktop Assets to attach to it). Feel free to include comments with your submission about the card’s rarity appropriateness.

Remember, both the card design and game mechanics (in other words, how well the card plays in the game) must be compatible with the Cyber Threat Defender Starter Deck.

How to Enter

The Cyber Threat Defender Card Design Contest Entry Form will be available in September 2022.

Submissions can be emailed as PDF, JPEG, PNG or EPS files to Entries may also be submitted by mail to the contest office:

Center for Infrastructure Assurance & Security
Attn: Larry Sjelin
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249

Only one submission is accepted per person ages 11 and up. All entries, whether by email or mail, must be received by 11:59 p.m. CST, October 28, 2022.

Submissions that do not include a completed entry form will not be accepted. All cards must include a custom design, point value, definition of card type in the real world and rules for how the card must be played in the game.

Note: The CIAS withholds the right to make any edits, corrections, updates to the winning design(s) of any card added to the Cyber Threat Defender inventory of cards within the Starter Deck, CTD: Digital or current/future booster packs.

Cyber Threat Defender Card Design Contest Rules
• Cyber Threat Defender Card Design Contest Entry Form & Guidelines Coming Soon
Cyber Threat Defender Card Template (This template is optional. You may submit artwork and content in other formats.)

The winning design(s) will be added to CTD Digital. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to see the winning designs or download CTD Digital at!

For more information or questions about the contest, please contact Julina Macy at