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. We will again be attempting our first ever Southeast Region Collegiate Hack Warz® competition which will also 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 will be used as the high school qualifier and the Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition for the collegiate qualifier. There will be no Palmetto Digital Forensics Competition. We look forward to another successful competition, this time in the virtual space, as we continue 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. Details regarding the connection information will be provided.