Collegiate Cyber Defense Competitions (CCDC)

Collegiate Cyber Defense Competitions are designed to provide a realistic scenario for students to demonstrate their abilities and learn new skills. Student teams are known as Blue Teams or incident responders. The teams must work to keep critical services online, fend off a professional Red Team of malicious hackers and respond to business injects from management. While capable teams come from a variety of academic disciplines, there is no preparation quite like a major in Information Technology.


Time to Compete

IT students from the BYU Cybersecurity Lab have been competiting in CCDC competitions since 2012. Their team is known as Team Autolock. They have placed:

  • 1st Place, 2017 International Collegiate Cyber Defense Invitational, Seattle, WA
  • 3rd Place, 2017 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, UTSA, TX
  • 1st Place, 2017 Regional Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, Regis University, CO
  • 2nd Place, 2016 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, UTSA, TX
  • 1st Place, 2016 NIATEC Invitational Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, Idaho State University, ID
  • 1st Place, 2016 Regional Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, Regis University, CO
  • 1st Place, 2015 NIATEC Invitational Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, Idaho State University, ID
  • 1st Place, 2014 NIATEC Invitational Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, Idaho State University, ID
  • 3rd Place, 2014 Regional Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, Regis University, CO
  • 1st Place, 2013 NIATEC Invitational Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, Idaho State University, ID
  • 3rd Place, 2013 Regional Rocky Mountain Cyber Defense Competition, Regis University, CO
  • 2nd Place, 2012 SAIC CCDC (Regional), Salt Lake City, UT

Getting Involved - Students

Places on the CCDC team are highly coveted and require the utmost committment to both curricular and extra-curricular learning. While academic performance is important, candidates that can demonstrate an ability to work well under pressure, communicate with team members, and enjoy the frantic pace of cybersecurity at it's most unfair are most likely to make the team

Contact Dr. Rowe for more information on joining the team by e-mailing ccdc at byu.edu

Getting Involved - Sponsors

We are incredibly grateful for our sponsors who share our vision of developing some of the most exceptional cybersecurity talent in the workforce. Should you wish to become a team sponsor then please reach out to us. The CCDC team can be sponsored by a Bronze lab sponsorship or higher. Sponsorship brings with it many benefits such as sharing in our research products and recruitment opportunities.

Contact Dr. Rowe and the Lab Manager for more information on sponsoring the team by e-mailing csrl at byu.edu