Cyber Defense Competition

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

About The Event

About The Event

PCDC 2023 was held on 15-17 April 2023. Ten teams were 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.


Palmetto('s) Choice Diamond Commercial (PCDC) Airline - The overall focus will be on account security. Teams will be tasked with maintaining services to ensure flights are not cancelled or delayed. Services will be used for Check-In, Online ticketing, etc. Flight schedule will be given at the start of the competition and a real time display will be available to monitor flights and services.

The High School Teams that competed on Saturday were: AAST, Academic Magnet, Ashley Ridge, Clover, Home School STEM, Palmetto Scholars Academy, Silver Bluff, Stratford, Swofford

The College Teams that competed on Sunday 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 on Monday 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 2023 was held on 15-17 April 2023 and was hosted at Trident Technical College in North Charleston.


THANK YOU to our 2023 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 made the 2023 Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition possible.

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