The Ultimate College Cyber Competition
The 14th Annual National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition
The National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, presented by Raytheon, is the nation's largest competition of its kind. The event gives cybersecurity students from across the country a chance to test their skills. A team from the University of Virginia captured the 2018 NCCDC championship during its first visit to the competition last year and continued their reign as champions in 2019.
The competition stages a simulated cyberattack against a fictional business network. Teams must keep the day-to-day operations of the organization going, performing everyday tasks, while fending off constant attacks. Qualifying and state rounds lead to 10 regional competitions across the nation. The regional winners advance to the national championship event.
In its 14th season, the 2019 tournament brought together more than 2,000 grads and undergrads from 235 colleges and universities to compete and eventually crowned the University of Virginia champions for the second year in a row.