Hack Warz® @ PCDC
Capture the Flag Hacking Competition
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We are looking for college students in the Southeast US who are interested in competing in a capture-the-flag/hacking competition on Saturday, 17 April. The event will be part of the Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition (PCDC). The event was supposed to be held in Charleston, SC at Trident Technical College (TTC) in 2020 but was cancelled due to COVID 19.This year, Hack Warz® @ PCDC will be held on the first day of the PCDC in collaboration with Life Cycle Engineering® (LCE) and will be completely virtual. LCE’s Hack Warz® is an event that is intended to help participants learn about security while also allowing cybersecurity students to hone their skills. The event is designed to be FUN and stretch the competitors' security muscles! Competitors have opportunities to compromise several systems and gain valuable tokens (flags) for points. Tokens are valued according to difficulty and skillset required. A training session that includes Q&A will be held at a date and time yet to be determined.
Hack Warz® @ PCDC will be open to all colleges and universities in the Southeast Region (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama & Tennessee) on a first come, first serve basis and will be completely virtual. Deadline for registration is 26 Feb for one team per school, after which colleges will be allowed an additional team, space permitting. A total of 60 students will compete in teams of up to 3 students per school. Recruiters from the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC), private industry and other entities will be observing the competition. The winning team will receive a trophy, valuable prizes such as blue tooth speakers, and $500 cash. Continuity checks are scheduled to begin at 8:30 am followed by opening ceremonies at 8:50 am. The competition will begin at 9:00 am. The scoring will end at 2:30 pm and the closing ceremonies for Hack Warz® and PCDC will run from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.
NIWC Atlantic, the Navy’s East Coast Engineering Center, in collaboration with the South Carolina Lowcountry Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association (AFCEA) facilitates PCDC each spring. PCDC involves 10 competing teams of 6 members each operating a business network while being attacked by hackers. The goal is to energize South Carolina high schools, colleges, and their students to focus on the development of technical skills in the area of networking and cybersecurity. Pro Day teams use the event for workforce development/training, recruitment, and the challenge of competing in the cyber arena. This year, high school students will compete on Saturday 17 April 2021, South Carolina Colleges on 18 April and Pro Teams on 19 April.