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The Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, or CCDC is the first competition that specifically focuses on the operational aspect of managing and protecting an existing "commercial" network infrastructure. The competition provides a unique opportunity for students and industry professionals to interact and discuss many of the security and operational challenges the students will soon face as they enter the job market. CCDC was hackerclub's first competition, and the original reason for the club's existence.

Most of this is copypasta lifted directly from the website or other official materials. Large quotes from these official sources will be in monospaced code blocks.

Role Description

The general narrative goes as thus:

You have just been hired as the network and security administrators at a small company and will be taking
administrative control of all information systems. You know very little about the network, what security level
has been maintained, or what software has been installed. You have limited time to familiarize yourself with
the network and systems and to begin security updates before the Red Team starts attacking your company. In
the midst of all the commotion, you have to keep up with the needs of the business and maintain availability of
critical Internet services.

The competition challenges the students' system administration, security, and programming knowledge, along with their teamwork, professionalism, and flexibility. It's also a huge way for companies to recruit.

It's fun, we swear.


Blue Team
The student teams competing in the CCDC event.
That's you!
Red Team
The penetration testing professionals simulating external hackers attempting to gain unauthorized access.
White Team
The competition officials that evaluate team performance and enforce rule compliance.
da judges
Black Team
The competition support members that provide technical and administrative support.
Team Captain
A student member of the Blue Team identified as the primary liaison between the Blue Team and the White Team.
Team Co-Captain
A student member of the Blue Team identified as the backup liaison between the Blue Team and the White Team, should the Team Captain be unavailable.

Scoring Criteria


Maintaining functionality of required services throughout the competition.


Completing business tasks assigned by the White Team.


Preventing unauthorized access by the Red Team.

Incident Reports

Documenting and remediating any successful Red Team attacks.


Official Description

Corporate sponsors will be observing the competition, many of whom are actively recruiting for employment.
Competitors are advised to dress appropriately, use professional language, and practice good hygiene.

The PRCCDC simulates a business environment with a casual dress code. "Casual dress" means you should dress
comfortably, as long as you still look dressed for work. For example, clothing that you would wear exercising,
going to the beach, or going to a dance club isn't suitable for the workplace or the PRCCDC. Competitors are
permitted to wear comfortable, informal clothing as long as it is not distracting or offensive to others. Suggested
options for both men and women include jeans, casual slacks, polo shirts, button-down shirts, and nice t-shirts.
Women may wear informal blouses and skirts as well, as long as they are an appropriate length. Although
comfort is a priority, clothing must still be work-appropriate and professional. Clothing that reveals too much
cleavage, your back, your chest, your stomach, or your underwear is not appropriate.

What that translates to

  • No swearing.
  • Don't act like a kid.
  • Dress as if you were meeting your grandmother for brunch. Jeans and a nice shirt is OK. Don't wear ripped jeans or tux print t shirts or something


The Evergreen State College has participated in the Pacific Rim regionals (PRCCDC) since the 2011-2012 year.


See also: PRCCDC 2014 Recap

2nd place out of 12 competing schools


See also: PRCCDC 2013 Recap

3rd place out of 12 competing schools


6th place out of 11 competing schools

Why you should care

  • Fantastic opportunity
  • Sponsors are looking for resumes. Include Microsoft, CIA, etc