As a club, we participate in the following competitions throughout the year:
This list is subject to change as we are always on the lookout for interesting competitions to participate in.
CCDC is a blue team-focused competition held at the state, regionals, and nationals level in San Antonio, TX. CCDC is our most important competition during an academic year. The team starts preparing early in the academic year in order to be able to qualify through the state, regionals, and through to the nationals.
More information can be found on the official CCDC webpage.
During the 2016-17 season, we placed 4th at nationals.
A year before, the team placed 3rd:
NCDC is a blue team-focused cyber defense competition hosted by Iowa State University. DePaul Security Daemons participates in this competition every year. In addition to being a great experience, NCDC is often weeks before the CCDC season starts so it is also a warm-up for CCDC state competition.
More information can be found on the official NCDC webpage.
NCL is a CTF competition that involves solving & finding answers to puzzles within different categories such as network security, open source intelligence, application security, password cracking, and more. The competition has a regular season for individuals and post-season for teams. Every security daemons member is encouraged to register for the regular season. It is valuable for students at all levels as you are placed within different groups based on how you perform during the pre-season (week prior to the regular season).
More information can be found on the official NCL webpage.
CSAW is also another CTF competition, very much like NCL, hosted by NYU. It varies by the year but also involves solving gradually harder challenges involving OSINT, application security, network security, and more. Security Daemons participates in CSAW as a team and aims to qualify for the final competition in November.
More information can be found on the official CSAW webpage.
U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) is a program supported by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate with the intent to significantly reduce the shortage in the cyber workforce. The Challenge serves the private and public sector by identifying, attracting, and recruiting the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. The USCC competition varies in challenges but participants should expect questions on network security, cryptology, and programming. Participants are ranked on accuracy in the shortest amount of time. To participate, you must create a CyberCompex account and navigate to a competition dashboard that takes place in the beginning of the year. Based on your scores, you get selected to participate in a 1-week cyber camp with SANS Institute training in a variety of security topics, networking, ethical panels, and resume reviews. At the end of the week, participants are randomly selected for a CTF competition. The team with the most points at the end of the competition receives funding for security related certificates, a cash prize, trophy, and national recognition. The competition is a terrific opportunity to develop your security skills and receive feedback and training from top security professionals in the field.
More information can be found on the official USCC webpage.
SAE Battelle CyberAuto Challenge is based around researching cybersecurity problems within the automotive industry. Students are able to qualify for this competition by filling out the application and finishing all required prerequisite courses provided online for free by the organizers.
More information can be found on the official webpage.
The CPTC is a red-team based competition that involves developing penetration testing and technical writing skills to mimic being a “professional services firm.” Security Daemons have not yet participated in this competition.
More information can be found on the official CPTC webpage.