ITEN WIRED Cybersecurity Competition IV

Thursday, October 3rd — 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Free — Limited Teams!


Each year since 2016, the Cybersecurity Competition has invited teams across the CyberCoast to compete in a virtual environment hosted by the University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity to demonstrate their technical abilities in a head to head battle against their colleagues and competing institutions.

At ITEN WIRED Summit 2019, the 4th Cybersecurity Competition will take place at the new Center for Cybersecurity facility at the Studer Community Institute Building, 220 W Garden St Suite #200, Pensacola, FL. Up to 35 students from colleges, universities, and cyber workforce academies will prove that their team is the most skilled and well-versed in the field through capture-the-flag (CTF) challenges and Jeopardy-style knowledge quizzes.


All teams will have the opportunity to utilize the Florida Cyber Range housed in the state-of-the-art data center at the Center for Cybersecurity. Each team consists of five students: three will be provided with machines on-site, while two will bring their own devices (BYOD) and act in support of their other team members.

High school and middle school teams will compete against one another to answer as many Jeopardy-style questions about a wide range of cybersecurity knowledge as possible, where each question is assigned a point value according to relative difficulty and the team with the highest number of points at the end has the greatest chance to win.

College and University teams will start the competition in a “Battle Royale” combining Red Team and Blue Team strategies to defend their own network while attempting to break into the networks of the competing teams. The goal of each team is to capture “flags” – files and logical units with secret codes – hidden throughout each of the other team’s networks while preventing the other teams from capturing their own.

After competing against one another for a majority portion of the competition, the college and university teams will have a shorter period of time to attempt to answer as many of the knowledge quiz questions as possible for extra points. The overall point score of each team will be determined by a combination of how many of their own flags remained protected, how many flags they captured, and their bonus points from the knowledge quiz.


Cybersecurity Competition III (2018)
1st Place – University of West Florida (385 points)
Runner-Up – Pensacola State College (325 points)

Cybersecurity Competition II (2017)
1st Place – University of West Florida

Cybersecurity Competition I (2016)
1st Place – Pensacola State College

Previous competitors:

  • Gulf Coast State College
  • Pensacola State College
  • Pine Forest High School
  • University of South Alabama
  • University of West Florida