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Thanks to so much support of our inaugural Cyber Threat Defender (CTD) card design contest, we are excited to announce that our 2023 card design contest will once again be held in October 2023 in recognition of Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Community members, students and anyone over age 11 can share their knowledge – and passion – of cybersecurity by creating their own CTD card.
In our inaugural contest, the CIAS selected three entries that focused on cyber events and malware attacks. The final designs were added to the Cyber Threat Defender: Digital game. These winning designs will also be kept for consideration in future booster packs.
You can see the winning designs below or share your thoughts on what the next cards should look like via our social media pages – or better yet, submit a design! We encourage you to start thinking now about what cards will enhance the current CTD starter decks and booster packs – we will be accepting your submissions throughout October 2023 with our Custom Card Challenge!
The CIAS will be accepting submissions for the Cyber Threat Defender Custom Card Challenge from October 2-27, 2023.
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:
1st place winner
2nd place winner 2021
3rd place winner 2021
This contest is judged by the Cyber Threat Defender game developers and CIAS staff. Cards are judged on:
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.
Submissions can be emailed as PDF, JPEG, PNG or EPS files to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries may also be submitted by mail to the contest office:
Center for Infrastructure Assurance & SecurityAttn: Larry SjelinOne UTSA CircleSan 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 27, 2023.
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.
To enter, download and review/use the following forms:
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 CyberThreatDefender.com!
For more information or questions about the contest, please contact Julina Macy at Julina.Macy@UTSA.edu.
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.