Cybersecurity Center Events and Competitions

Purdue Global students compete in both campus-based and virtual cybersecurity events. Cybersecurity competitions enable students to develop their skills for the workplace, network with peers and employers, and gain hands-on experience relevant to their studies.

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Campus-Based Competitions

Midwest Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

Collegiate Cyber Defense Competitions (CCDC) are held annually at the state level, with winning teams going on to compete in the Midwest Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (MWCCDC) and national competitions. Teams act as newly hired network and security administrators for a small company and must defend against an active cyberattack. Students have an opportunity to network with industry professionals while testing their cyber knowledge in a real-world scenario.

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National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC)

The largest cyber competition, the annual National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition requires participants to defend a corporate network against a cyberattack while ensuring typical business resources such as email, websites, and databases, continue to function. The competition highlights the role standard operation procedures, business continuity plans, and disaster recovery procedures play during a cybersecurity attack.

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Virtual Cybersecurity Competitions

National Cyber League (NCL)

The biannual National Cyber League is a learning-centered cybersecurity competition that allows students to demonstrate their technical cybersecurity skills. Purdue Global students team up with a faculty coach to face cybersecurity challenges relevant to the workforce, including using forensic data to identify hackers and finding ways to recover from ransomware attacks. Many of the activities directly align with Purdue Global cybersecurity and IT courses. Purdue Global students can visit the Cybersecurity Club classroom for details and preparation activities.

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Past Cyber Defense Events