THE COLLEGIATE COMPETITION FOR FIRST-TIME COMPETITORS!

Welcome to the home of the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) national competition! NCAE Cyber Games is dedicated to inspiring college students to enter the exciting (and sometimes profitable!) realm of cyber competitions. Cyber competitions are a valuable addition to any college student’s resume, but they can be intimidating for first-timers. NCAE Cyber Games is creating a new style of collegiate cybersecurity competition, one for college students who have never competed before where they can learn about cyber competitions in an environment focused on teamwork, building confidence, and growing your skills! If you’ve ever wondered how hackathons and cyber competitions work and wanted to try it out for yourself, you’re in the right place!

Any student from an NCAE-C school who is new to competitions may register. Don’t worry if you don’t have a team or faculty advisor; the NCAE Cyber Games team will help build teams at any NCAE-C college with interested students!

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User Registration >> Create a user account to immediately access the Sandbox to start learning how cyber competition challenges work and practice beating them. You do not need a team or faculty advisor to start practicing in the Sandbox.

Team Registration >> Ready to participate in your upcoming regional event? Register your team now. Maximum of 10 students per team, no minimum. Must create a user account first.

Tl;dr

WHO: Open to any student from an NCAE-C designated institution

WHAT: A collegiate cybersecurity competition for first-time competitors

WHEN: Regional events start in mid-February, but students are encouraged to join at any time

WHERE: Regional events vary (scroll down for dates) the National Finals will be held virtually on April 9

WHY: Cyber competitions help students build their resume and learn which roles in the field suit them best

ADVICE FOR FIRST-TIMERS FROM HACK@UCF

Advice for new competitors from members of the University of Central Florida’s championship hacking team
Nelson Torres
Kelsey Hall
Caitlin Whitehead

PROGRAM TIMELINE

REGIONAL PREVIEW: NOVEMBER 2021 – JANUARY 2022

Regional preview events will be held Saturdays during the second half of the 2021 fall semester and the beginning of the 2022 spring semester, alongside training, sandbox exercises, and other educational events. Events will be scheduled based on regional interest.

REGIONAL COMPETITIONS

Northwest Region: February 12

Northeast Region: February 12

Southwest Region: February 19

Midwest Region: February 19

Southeast Region: February 26

NATIONAL FINALS: APRIL 9

The national competition finals will be conducted virtually and live-streamed on April 9, 2022.

BUILDING A COLLABORATIVE CHALLENGE FOR ALL

For college students, cyber competitions are an excellent way to gain hands-on experience and to explore the different roles available in the field. However, they can be intimidating for someone who has never tried a competition before. What skills do I need? How does scoring work? What if I’m not part of a hacking team?

NCAE Cyber Games is designed to be a bridge for college students to learn how competitions run without the pressure of competing against established teams. The focus is on learning, with plenty of resources and support along the way!

EXPANDING CAPACITY ACROSS THE COUNTRY

To address our nation’s critical need for cybersecurity professionals, we must increase educational capacity while engaging students from historically underrepresented groups or who may not realize that there is a role for them in the cybersecurity industry. NCAE-C Cyber Games aims to increase the number of faculty and students participating in the cybersecurity community by looking beyond the traditional technical disciplines and providing the resources needed to initiate and provide a positive experience for newcomers to the field.

NCAE Cyber Games will offer

Training and guidance NCAE-C faculty to expand access for future students

Resources and activities to help new competitors build skills and prepare to compete in other national competitions

ABOUT US: THE TEAM BEHIND THE GAMES

NCAE Cyber Games represents a partnership between Mohawk Valley Community College located in Utica, New York, and Cyber Florida: The Florida Center for Cybersecurity hosted by the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. The team is composed of faculty members, cybersecurity professionals, and recent graduates who are experienced in participating in (and winning!) and designing cybersecurity competitions. The partnership combines Mohawk Valley’s success in designing and hosting cybersecurity competitions with Cyber Florida’s national program management and outreach expertise. These two dedicated groups have united to create a new kind of cybersecurity competition, one that welcomes first-timers and recognizes the full spectrum of skills needed in the field.