In this bonus episode of the Learning Happy Hour, Mitch and Jason from Palo Alto Network interview me about what it takes to design and run PRCCDC.
Cyber Defense Competition in AWS v2.0 (with a touch of DevOps)
After successfully running ICCDI 2018 (International Collegiate Cyber Defense Invitational) in AWS, we decided we were ready to go for the big one – PRCCDC 2019 (Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition). In 2013 we were the first regional CCDC to virtualize the competition going from a bare metal server/network infrastructure to VMware vSphere. Prior to virtualizing the competition the blue teams had physical Cisco routers and switches but in the virtualized world these were replaced by easily virtualized firewall/router products such as VYOS and eventually Palo Alto networks in 2016 when they came on as a national sponsor. Running the competition in VMware over the last six years became…
Wouldn’t you prefer a nice game of chess? – Designing and Running a Cyber Defense Competition in AWS
In July 2018 Highline College and Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) hosted the 3rd annual International Collegiate Cyber Defense Invitational (ICCDI). In 2017 the competition was held on the Highline College campus in Des Moines, WA and all participating colleges save one competed on campus. Eight students from Politeknik Negeri Medan in Indonesia competed remotely. The competition was run on Highline’s VMware infrastructure and the team in Indonesia connected via VPN and accessed the game environment through VMware Horizon virtual desktops. For the 2018 competition we would have teams of students at Highline and at NUST s well as Indonesia competing remotely again. With teams in at least three different…