National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

The 16th annual National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

The National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, presented by Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies business, is the nation's largest competition of its kind. The event gives cybersecurity students from across the country a chance to test their skills. 

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 16th season, the 2021 tournament brought together grads and undergrads from more than 165 colleges and universities to compete for the annual cup.

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