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Welcome to the NCAE CYBER GAMES

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!

Who can enter?

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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

2021 Season Champion

Illinois Institute of Technology

2021 Season Finalists


Eastern Washington University
Brigham Young University
University of Denver


Rhode Island Rams
Liberty University


University of Tulsa


Illinois Institute of Technology


University of Central Florida
Kennesaw State University