Each year, student teams from the University of Idaho Department of Computer Science participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s CyberForce Competition.
The competition gives students hands-on cyber education and awareness into the critical infrastructure and cyber security nexus and a basic understanding of cybersecurity within a real-world scenario.
Students are given a cybersecurity scenario and are split into teams with specific tasks aimed toward:
- Usability - Teams must balance the added security of the system with usability of the system. Teams are scored based on include a user’s ability to continue normal work operations.
- Defending Critical Infrastructure - A cyber-physical device is provided to give students real-world understanding of implications for defending cyber infrastructure.
- Innovative Defenses - Teams are scored for unique defense ideas within real-world constraints, such as no budget.
- Energy Focus - Previous scenarios have focused on power distributors and water and power delivery systems.
Save the Date
The next CyberForce Competition will be held Nov. 15-16, 2019.
Interested in participating? Email faculty advisor Daniel Conte de Leon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Third in the Northwest, Ninth overall
Hosted by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the competition included building and defending a simulated oil transportation network, power delivery system and high performance computing system from cyber-attacks by hackers, all while maintaining service for customers.
Second in the Northwest
Teams were tasked with defending a production, transmission and distribution company from cyber attacks, to review, update and patch systems to secure the company’s user supply and marketing portal, and to avoid any loss in network availability.