Cyber Defense Competition

The event this year will be all virtual

About The Event

About The Event

PCDC 2021 is scheduled for 17-19 April 2021 and will be all virtual. 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 was used as the high school qualifier and the Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition for the collegiate qualifier. Congratulations to all the qualifying Teams!

The High School Teams that will be competing on Saturday are: Palmetto Scholars Academy, Porter Gaud, Home School Network, Wando, Hanahan, Academy of the Arts Science and Technology, South Aiken, Spartanburg, Academic Magnet, SC Governors School.

The College Teams that will be competing on Sunday are: Clemson, College of Charleston, The Citadel, ECPI, Trident Technical College, US Naval Academy, Charleston Southern University, University of South Carolina, Horry Georgetown Technical College

The Professional Teams competing on Monday are: NCDOC, SC National Guard, NAVFAC, SAIC, Dominion Energy, SRC, ECS

We will again be attempting our first ever Southeast Region Collegiate HackWarz® competition which will also be all virtual.

The following teams are registered to compete: Trident Technical College, Kennesaw State University, Horry Georgetown Technical College, ECPI, Charleston Southern University, US Naval Academy, University of South Carolina

There will be no Palmetto Digital Forensics Competition. We look forward to another successful PCDC whether we see. Remember, PCDC is helping to energize and develop our current and future Cybersecurity Workforce.



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.

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.

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.

2019 Winners

Congratulations to these winning teams

High School

  1. Palmetto Scholars Academy
  2. Porter Gaud
  3. Home School Network
  4. MVP:Claire Issacs, Home School Network


  1. Clemson University
  2. Horry Georgetown Technical College
  3. University of South Carolina
  4. MVP:Nick Bulischeck, Clemson University

  1. SAIC

Event Venue



PCDC 2021 is scheduled for 17-19 April 2021 and will be all virtual. The competition will be conducted using Amazon Workspace. Teams will need to provide their own assets and a consistent internet connection.

Links to observe using Microsoft Teams:

  1. Saturday: High School Competition
  2. Sunday: College Competition
  3. Monday: Professional Competition

Schedule of Events:

  1. Saturday: High School Schedule
  2. Sunday: College Schedule
  3. Monday: Professional Schedule

ECPI is providing Scholorship Opportunities for participants


Thank you to our sponsors


SAIC will be holding a Job Fair on Tuesday, April 20

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