National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC)

CCDC competitions ask student teams to assume administrative and protective duties for an existing “commercial” network – typically a small company with 50+ users, 7 to 10 servers, and common Internet services such as a web server, mail server, and e-commerce site.  Each team begins the competition with an identical set of hardware and software and is scored on their ability to detect and respond to outside threats, maintain availability of existing services such as mail servers and web servers, respond to business requests such as the addition or removal of additional services, and balance security needs against business needs.  Throughout the competition an automated scoring engine is used to verify the functionality and availability of each team’s services on a periodic basis and traffic generators continuously feed simulated user traffic into the competition network.  A volunteer red team provides the “external threat” all Internet-based services face and allows the teams to match their defensive skills against live opponents.

 “You have just been hired as the network and security administrators at a small company and will be taking administrative control of all information systems. You know very little about the network, what security level has been maintained, or what software has been installed. You have a limited time frame to familiarize yourself with the network and systems and to begin the security updates and patches before the red team starts actively attacking your company. In the midst of all the commotion, you have to keep up with the needs of the business and user demands while maintaining service level agreements for all critical Internet services. Welcome to the first day of the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC).”

Information Security Talent Search (ISTS)

Information Security Talent Search (ISTS) is a two-day cyber security competition for college students, which sets up teams of five competitors with a simulated corporate network they have to secure and defend against attacks from the "Red Team". The competition also uniquely permits blue teams to attack other blue teams, creating opportunities for competitors to play both offense and defense.

This competition is organized by SPARSA, you can see photos from the competition on

SPARSA’s facebook.

Survivor IST & ComSec

Survivor began as a way for our students to build community between our students and faculty/staff. The night consists of many team challenges to compete for which major can outwit, outlast, and outplay the other majors. The teams will be divided by majors with the advisor for their program as the team captain. We will also be inviting faculty from the departments to participate on the teams. While we will invite them, we also encourage students to ask the faculty to be on their teams. For each game that the major successfully wins, all the students in that major will receive a raffle ticket. At the end of the night we will be giving away prizes based on these raffle tickets. The more events your major wins the more chances at raffle tickets you will have. Also, for every event that a major wins the team will receive a point. At the end of the night the major/team with the most points will be crowned the Survivor winner. Will the winner this year be Computing Security, or will one of the other programs take home the title?

This event in the past has been held over in the SAU. It will start with pizza, soda, and the first game challenge. The first challenge was once an ice cream eating contest, the next time a whipped cream pie-eating contest. We then move into Ingle auditorium where the fun will continue on the big stage. We will have some repeat challenges like tug of war, limbo, and relay races. But we always add some new challenges mix it up, and so no team has an advantage from attending the previous year. The event is a lot of fun and excitement with the added fun of making you major the reigning champions!

RIT Events Calendar

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