Argonne’s Cyber Defense Competition Is Less Than a Week Away

On April 12th, COAR released documentation to the eight collegiate teams participating in  Argonne’s inaugural Cyber Defense Competition (CDC).

Each collegiate team will comprise a Blue Team, which will attempt to design and defend a secure network; fend off cyber attacks; and keep information secure during a cyber defense training game.

Documentation included a comprehensive work-up of the technical infrastructure to be utilized in the cyber security challenge. Teams were given information on the types and kinds of virtual machines, Industrial Control Systems (ICS), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, processes running on the programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and on Human Machine Interfaces (HMI), Raspberry Pi logistics, information on acceptable ranges for metered values, needed services, website access, networking information, and how the White Team (scoring supervisors) will be monitoring the availability of the Blue Team’s services.

Want to get involved? There is still time! We have both non-technical and technical roles available.

Volunteers interested in non-technical roles can sign up for the Green Team.

Green Team:
Green Team members play the role of a typical business user and can be made up of users with a variety of skill sets. Green Team members will need to know how to use a computer in order to check email and browse a website. These volunteers are in charge of judging the usability and availability of the Blue Team’s system. All hardware will be provided by Argonne. Volunteers can sign up for a variety of time slots on April 23rd.

8:30am – 10:30am: Green Team members will test the Blue Team’s system.
10:30am – 12:30pm: Green Team members will test the Blue Team’s system.
12:30pm – 2:30pm: Green Team members will test the Blue Team’s system.
2:30pm – 4:30pm: Green Team members will test the Blue Team’s system.
** Volunteers can sign-up for more than one time slot. **

Volunteers interested in technical roles can sign up for the Red Team or White Team.

Red Team
Red Team members are individuals that have a technical background in cyber, with experience in penetration testing of IT systems, and will play the role of “hackers”. This team’s primary goal is to disrupt the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the services provided by the Blue Team. All hardware will be provided, but individuals are encouraged to bring their own computer. Red Team members will need to be present on April 23rd from 7:30am – 5:00pm, and will attempt to penetrate the system for the majority of the competition (~8 hours).

White Team
White Team members are individuals who have experience in VMware and in preforming system administrator duties for a variety of UNIX or Windows systems. The White Team is responsible for hardware set-up and technical hardware support to the Blue Teams. All hardware will be provided by Argonne. Volunteers can sign up for a variety of time slots.

March 21st – April 22nd: White Team members will provide virtual technical assistance to teams.
April 22nd: (1:00pm – 9:00pm) White Team members will provide onsite technical support to the Blue Team.
April 23rd: (7:30am – 4:00pm) White Team members will provide onsite technical support to the Blue Team.

COAR wishes the following teams the best of luck in the competition!
-Cyber Flyers
-Lewis U Flyers
-GSU Jaguars
-sysSEC
-Fire Team Kernel
-UIUC
-BINAGT
-ISEAGE

Learn more about the Cyber Defense Competition.


This post was written by: Jennifer Fowler