Apr 10, 2018

Field Set for 2018 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition Championship

Reprinted from UTSA Today Article


(April 10, 2018) -- The Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS) at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has announced the 10 finalists for the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC) Championship. The NCCDC, founded by UTSA and presented by Raytheon, will host its 13th annual competition in Orlando, Fla., April 13-15.

The three-day national championship features the top 10 teams from colleges and universities across the country testing their skills in defending against cyber attacks. The National Champion will be awarded the Alamo Cup on April 15 at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Fla.

More than 230 colleges and universities participated in qualifying and regional NCCDC events, with the winners of each regional event advancing to the National Championship in April 2018. The winners of the 10 regional competitions are:

  • Utah Valley University
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Buffalo
  • California State University Northridge
  • Indiana Institute of Technology
  • Dakota State University
  • University of Washington
  • University of Alaska at Fairbanks
  • Baylor University
  • University of Central Florida

“As the cyber threat grows and advanced technology emerges to protect against it, new training programs are needed to develop the skills needed to help preserve our way of life,” said John DeSimone, vice president of Cybersecurity and Special Missions at Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. “The NCCDC is critical to establish the talent needed to fill the projected 1.8 million positions estimated to be open by 2022.”

The NCCDC is a unique competition that is focused on the operational aspect of managing and protecting an existing “commercial” network infrastructure. Collegiate competitors face challenges similar to real-world situations as they manage, protect and defend their infrastructure from live ‘Red Teams’ that pose a threat to their defense strategy.

“CCDC events help students develop the technical, leadership and teamwork skills they need to pursue information security and information technology careers,” said Dwayne Williams, associate director of special projects in the CIAS and director of the NCCDC. “The students competing in CCDC events are highly motivated, capable and heavily recruited by government, academia and industry. It’s amazing to see the teams getting better and better with each passing year.”


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