Seeking the Best in Cybersecurity
Train. Compete. Win.
Our mission is to bring talented cybersecurity athletes, coaches, and industry leaders together to build an elite US Cyber Team for global cybersecurity competition.
US Cyber Open
Apply by June 10
Cybersecurity obsessed? Test your skills and abilities in a two-week-long open capture-the-flag competition. Compete for the chance to be one of the 60 cyber athletes in the US Cyber Combine Invitational.
US Cyber Combine
By Invite Only
Got cybersecurity GOAT potential? As a cohort of 60, you will train, compete, and perhaps win a spot on the official US Cyber Team. Over eight weeks’ time, you will interview, undergo skills testing, and evaluate your aptitude.
US Cyber Team
Top 20 Draft
Only the best will compete for the Gold. Elite cyber athletes on the very first US Cyber Team will receive coaching and train for the International Cyber Security Challenge in Athens, Greece.
The Power of Games in Cybersecurity
Games, Esports, and Online Tournaments are the next evolution in preparing tomorrow's workforce.
Cyber Games are a fundamental element to developing the next generation of a diverse and well-qualified community of cybersecurity talent. Games not only help build a better workforce, they keep the current workforce sharp and maintain a thriving community of cyber professionals prepared for what the future might hold in cyber attacks and possible disruptive innovations.
While education, certification, and apprenticeship are important training instruments, games provide a safe and legal place to practice offensive and defensive techniques in a real-world environment with others.
A Wide Spectrum of Value
Cybersecurity games help a growing number of individuals realize that cybersecurity goes beyond initial thoughts of IT security controls by delving deeper into motives, tactics, techniques, and multi-pivot strategies. It helps us see that cybersecurity is about motives not just controls.
Drive More Diversity
Games remove the stigma of stereotypes associated with cybersecurity and open a path for players from all kinds of backgrounds, nationalities, education levels, and age groups to learn and grow. This infusion of diverse skills and mindware will contribute to up-leveling our cybersecurity workforce.
Go Beyond Technical
Games adjust to all skill levels and types. While red versus blue remains a favorite format, today's games can also be focused on policy, forensic puzzles, clue-based escape rooms, and jeopardy questions. This variety trains the workforce for defense in depth and breadth to enable comprehensive risk strategies.
Heighten Human-Spectrum of Situational Awareness
Today's cyber strategies are about more than just finding needles in haystacks, they are about visibility into and across the surface of the haystack. Unlike traditional classroom teachings and labs, games can provide more real-life experiences that help see indicators, threats, and impact more clearly. Games help condition the human mind to see the indicators (‘blinks’) that inform better decision-making through heightened awareness.
Plug the Workforce Leak
Ever wonder why, after spending millions of dollars trying to address the cyber workforce gap, it remains years later? On top of completing mundane tasks and using noisy security tools, corporate security professionals lack the ability to test and stretch their skills and learn a new environment with different defenses and threats. Games offer safe and legal environments to do so amongst peers and mentors.
Train, Hunt, and Defend in Packs
While Hollywood likes to emphasize the lone hacker taking over the world, the reality is that hackers hunt in packs. Both the bad and good actors have discovered the power of a community-based team effort by choosing to share, contribute, and collaborate to achieve a goal or just learn something new.
Increase the Talent Pool
Today's games can be played across a wide variety of digital platforms with some games only requiring a cell phone to participate. This ubiquitous access enables an extended population of individuals from all age groups, economic backgrounds, and skill levels to learn, compete, and grow.
Did You Know?
In their Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity, the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) recognizes that those performing cybersecurity work—including students, job seekers, and early professionals—"are lifelong learners throughout their efforts to emphasize and address cybersecurity implications across many domains.” (NICE Framework)
The US Cyber Games is designed to apply the NICE Framework from the start to identify, assess, select, and form the US Cyber Team.
US Cyber Games Timeline
April 20, 2021
Call for Athletes and Coaches Opens
May 18, 2021
Informational Webinar on BrightTALK
Registration information coming soon.
May 28, 2021
Virtual US Cyber Open Kick-off
See the events page for more information.
May 28–June 11, 2021
US Cyber Open CTF
The capture-the-flag competition will be open for 2 weeks.
June 7, 2021
Call for Coaches Ends
Coaches have until 11:59 PM June 7, 2021 to apply.
June 10, 2021
Call for Athletes Ends
Athletes have until 11:59 PM June 10, 2021 to apply.
June 30, 2021
Top 60 Invitees Notified
July 6–September 3, 2021
The US Cyber Combine Invitational
September 3–30, 2021
The US Cyber Team Draft
October 5, 2021
The US Cyber Team Announced
December 7–12, 2021
Compete at the International Cyber Security Competition in Athens, Greece
This project is supported by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce, under financial assistance award #70NANB21H032.