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
Low- and no-cost professional training solutions through certification prep courses and cybersecurity awareness training.
Research-based cybersecurity courses aimed at helping individuals in states and communities nationwide to develop and improve their own cybersecurity programs
We customize training, host workshops, and conduct community-wide exercises to suit your organization’s individual needs
Cyber Threat Defender (CTD): Digital is a video game simulation of the tabletop collectible card game. Players challenge non-player, or computer-based, opponents with varying levels of difficulty. CTD: Digital can be downloaded to PC and Mac computers.
Designed to teach cybersecurity principles and a wide range of security issues, CTD: Digital recreates the same competitive gameplay experience from its tabletop counterpart by allowing players to build up defense strategies.
To play CTD: Digital on your desktop, download the CIAS Launcher below. It’s free!
About the CIAS Launcher:Details about how to download the Launcher are below, but the Launcher also host other electronic games for young learners. These games are ideal for players in grades 3 and up to learn how to build a network to mine for cryptocurrency and for an introduction into cryptography. There is even a testing tool, called Pyramid of Knowledge, for educators.
Once you download the Launcher, you have access to CTD: Digital and all of our electronic games in one location!
Check out our Computer Games page for details.
NOTE: For GNU/Linux, use Windows Launcher with WINE compatibility layer and winetricks.
For Mac, locate the app you want to open in the Finder. Control-click the app icon, then choose Open from the shortcut menu. Click Open.
When you open the “CIAS Launcher” (links below), you will be asked to extract/run the files. Once this process is completed, save the file to your desktop and select the game icons of your choosing. You will need to select “Install” for each game, and then you’re ready to play!
The CIAS Launcher hosts a variety of electronic games, which are all accessed from one location when you download the “CIAS Launcher” to your computer.
Players start each game by choosing one of four play modes. Depending on the play mode, a player’s difficulty level can be more defensive or attack driven. New players all begin with the standard 54 cards from the starter deck. However, players can earn digital currency, or bytes, for the number of games played and for each round that they win. Those bytes can be used to collect additional booster cards to expand their decks and create winning strategies.
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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.