Cyber Defense Competition

The event this year will be held at Trident Technical College in North Charleston

About The Event

About The Event

PCDC 2024 will be held on April 13-15, 2024. Ten teams will be invited to compete on each day of the event with high schools competing on Saturday, colleges on Sunday and the pros on Monday. CyberPatriot will be used as the high school qualifier and the Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition for the collegiate qualifier.

We once again will be hosting the Southeast Region Collegiate on 13 April 2024: HackWarz®.

Competition teams from 2023 were: Horry Georgetown Technical College (2 teams),
US Naval Academy (2 teams), Clemson (1 team)

The High School Teams that will be competing in 2024 are: Academic Magnet, AAST, Ashley Ridge, Cane Bay, Clover, Conway, Hanahan, Homeschool STEM, South Aiken, and Swofford

The College Teams that competed in 2023 were: Charleston Southern University, The Citadel, Clemson University, College of Charleston, ECPI, Horry Georgetown Technical College, Trident Technical College, UNC Wilmington, University of South Carolina,
US Naval Academy

The Professional Teams participating in 2023 were: BAE, Dominion Energy, ECS GDIT, SAIC, SRC



Promoting cyber security education and awareness

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PCDC is an event for the promotion of Cyber Security education and awareness. Competition energizes local high schools and colleges to develop invigorating and focused curriculum for the technical needed in today’s fast-paced and challenging cyber environment. A brochure for the event is posted in the Documents Section

Competition is an all-day event followed by awards presentations and a networking opportunity where representatives of local technology companies and NIWC Leadership. Each day brings a new set of competitors to the field allowing South Carolina high schools, regional colleges, and cyber security professionals to go head-to-head. The schedule is posted in the Documents Section

Each 6-member team must work together as a real company would to defend their network from red team attacks while maintaining crucial business services and responding to customer and administrative demands. Winners are the most successful at thwarting the effects of hackers while keeping their businesses online and functioning.

2023 Winners

Congratulations to these winning teams!

High School

  1. Swofford Career Center
  2. Home School STEM
  3. Stratford High School


  1. ECPI
  2. Clemson
  3. United States Naval Academy

  1. ECS

Southeast Regional Collegiate HackWarz Champion

  1. The Citadel
  2. US Naval Academy Team 1
  3. US Naval Academy Team 2

Event Venue


PCDC 2024 will be held on 13-15 April 2024 and hosted at Trident Technical College in North Charleston.


THANK YOU to our 2024 sponsors!!!

The competition, awards, scholarships and prizes are made possible through the generous support of many industry and institutional sponsors and over 100 volunteers from NIWC Atlantic and AFCEA, as well as many cyber security industry supporters & volunteers both in South Carolina & throughout the United States. The AFCEA SC Low Country Chapter and NIWC Atlantic wish to recognize the generosity and continuing support of our many Corporate Sponsors who make the 2024 Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition possible.

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