Competitions
Cyber Defense Clubs

Competitions

Dr. Thomas Nedorost, an Instructor of Computer Science and Information Technology, serves as the Faculty Advisor to the Collegiate Cyber Defense Club @ UCF and Coach for UCF’s Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition Team.   

Collegiate Cyber Defense Club @ UCF (aka Hack@UCF) – Founded by students in September 2012 to establish a computer security community within the university, to provide a venue for students to improve their computer security skills, and to foster an understanding of ethics with the training provided, the club participates in a variety of collegiate, national, and international cyber security competitions with the goal of producing a security aware generation in Central Florida. The club currently has over 200 active student members and conducts weekly meetings and workshops during the academic year that are open to the general public. The club maintains a website at https://www.hackucf.org/

UCF Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition Team – Formed in January 2013, the UCF CCDC Team won 1st Place in the 7-state Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in March 2013 and received the “Best in Service” specialty award for maintaining system uptime of 89% which set a new regional record.  In 2014, the UCF CCDC Team again won 1st Place in the Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition and received two specialty awards: the ”Best in Business” award for submitting and completing the largest number of business injects and the “Best in Defense” award for losing the fewest points to the Red Team. In April 2014, the UCF team won 1st Place in the 2014 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition and was declared the National Champions of Collegiate Cyber Defense. In 2015, UCF won 1st Place in the Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition for the third consecutive year and received two specialty awards: “Best in Business” and “Best in Service”. The UCF team broke the regional uptime record it set in 2013 by maintaining system uptime of 91%. UCF defended its National Championship title for a second year by winning the 2015 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. 

Knightsec CTF Competition Team – As part of our Collegiate Cyber Defense Club, our students participate under the “Knightsec” team name in over a dozen national and international Capture-the-Flag competitions each year. “Knightsec” finished calendar year 2014 ranked 72nd out of 6207 international CTF teams and 12th out of 259 United States CTF teams by CTFtime.org.  As of November 28, 2015, “Knightsec” is ranked 109th out of 7604 international CTF teams and 14th out of 453 United States CTF teams by CTFtime.org. 

Past Select Cyber Defense Competition Events that UCF participated in:   

  • 2013, 2014, 2015 CCDC (Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition) Southeast Regionals; UCF won 1st place in all three competitions (News Article)
  • 2014 CCDC (Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition) National; UCF won 1st place (News Article)
  • 2015 CCDC (Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition) National; UCF won 1st place (News Article)

Other Competitions

  • Embedded Security Challenge at NYU Poly, November 2013 (part of the CSAW (Cyber Security Awareness Week Competition); UCF won second place - http://www.ece.ucf.edu/news.php#2013 
  • Embedded Security Challenge at NYU Poly, November 2014 (part of the CSAW (Cyber Security Awareness Week Competition); UCF won second place - http://www.ece.ucf.edu/news.php#2014 
  • Embedded Security Challenge at NYU Poly, November 2015 (part of the CSAW (Cyber Security Awareness Week Competition); UCF won second place - https://csaw.engineering.nyu.edu/esc/finalists 
  • CSI CyberSEED at the University of Connecticut, October 2015 

More Information

For a more detailed list of the past/future competition events that UCF teams have participated/will participate  please visit the following links: