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Apply to Play in the US Cyber Games®

NEW DATES: July 8–17, 2022

As cyber-attacks continue to dominate news headlines, there's a significant need for well-qualified cyber talent to enter the workforce. Showcase your skills, develop new ones, and double down on your preparation to jump into one of the hottest job markets by playing in the US Cyber Open Capture-the-Flag (CTF) challenge.

Everyone is invited to apply to compete in the US Cyber Open CTF. There is no age limit, all skill levels are welcome, and no teams are necessary. US Cyber Open athletes can request to be invited to the US Cyber Combine and open the door to being selected for the Season II US Cyber Team® (age restrictions do apply).

Applications to Play in the US Cyber Open CTF Challenge are now CLOSED.



Deadline to Apply: July 7, 2022 | 11:59 PM ET

Competition Start: July 8, 2022 | 10:00 AM ET

Competition End: July 17, 2022 | 11:59 PM ET

Who Should Apply?

  • The US Cyber Open caters to individuals interested in cybersecurity - at all levels of proficiency. 
  • If you're a self-starter looking to try new games or an individual with cyber gaming experience, we encourage you to register to compete.
  • You should also be interested in:
    • Cybersecurity, or other sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
    • Working and competing in groups and on teams.
    • Obtaining skills in cryptoanalysis, operations security, forensics, malware analysis, and more.
  • There is no age limit, all skill levels are welcome, and no teams are necessary to play in the US Cyber Open CTF.

NEW ! Beginner's Game Room - July 8-17, 2022

This separate game features beginner-level challenges courtesy of the cybersecurity CTF developer community. Beginners can explore a competition environment and complete / solve CTF challenges at their leisure. Points don't matter. Prizes will be randomly awarded to participants.

What to expect: You’ll receive an email from the US Cyber Games program with instructions for how to gain access to the US Cyber Open, Beginner's Game Room.

Thank You Community CTF Developers!
Jack Lindsay, Rajat Patel, Oz Jones, Geoffrey Hart, Nick Ferguson, Jacob Elliott, Jesse Varsalone, and Biju Bajracharya.

Capture the Flag (CTF) Challenges

CryptographyTop Prizes for each CTF Category

Decrypting objects that are locked away from prying eyes with up-to-date cryptological processes will keep you busy.


Nitpick at tiny details in recovery data batches to try to get to the bottom of what happened. A keen eye and a lot of patience will help you go a long way as a forensic analyst.

Reverse Engineering / Binary Exploitation

Using reversing tools, you’ll need to find out what a certain script or program does to find the flag. Then, you’ll create exploits that will make anyone lose their bits.


Analyzing different attack methodologies for objects we use every single day, even if we know it or not, you’ll be turning it off and on again to solve these problems.


Web-based applications require you to detect, exploit and search through different vulnerable web applications. Don’t get lost, these challenges can be very intriguing.


Sharpen your cybersecurity gaming skills with mystery challenges. 

Why Play?

  • Obtain training, networking, and even potential employment opportunities.
  • Validate your current cyber skills.
  • Learn skills in areas such as cryptanalysis, operations security, forensics analysis, and malware analysis.
  • Earn digital badges as a tangible certification for social profiles, applications, and resumes.
  • Win incredible prizes (only US residents).
  • Athletes chosen for the US Cyber Team will compete on behalf of the United States at the international level.
  • Show off your Cyber Athlete Swag.
  • Have fun solving challenges.

Athlete Application

Competition: July 8–17, 2022

Test your skills and abilities in this Capture-the-Flag competition. The CTF is open to all ages. Put your knowledge to the test on cryptography, forensics, reverse engineering / binary exploitation, networking, web, and more.

Apply to play in the US Cyber Open CTF Challenge and submit your request to be invited to the Cyber Combine Invitational (age restrictions apply).

Deadline To Apply: July 7, 2022

How does the US Cyber Combine Invitational Application Process Work?

  • Cyber athletes wishing to be invited to the US Cyber Combine must first register for the US Cyber Open, and then request to be invited to the US Cyber Combine. Participation in the US Cyber Open is a requirement for anyone interested in being invited to the US Cyber Combine.
  • Cyber athletes invited to the US Cyber Combine and potentially drafted onto the US Cyber Team must be no older than 25 years of age on August 31, 2023 and a US Citizen with ability to obtain a US passport.
  • Applications will be reviewed and an acceptance/rejection email will be sent to all individuals.

Important Information for Cyber Athletes

  • Cyber athletes that become members of the US Cyber Team should be aware that their time for training and preparation is entirely voluntary.
  • The time commitment for cyber athletes will vary between 4-8 hours per week depending on their role on the team and the progress of the season.
  • Travel expenses will be paid for those athletes who make the US Cyber Team and are chosen for the competition.

Show your Support. Become a  Sponsor  of the US Cyber Games & Team

The US Cyber Games depend on the generosity of our corporate and university sponsors. We all know that the success of our cybersecurity industry depends on sourcing and training talent to reduce the workforce gap. We’re seeking organizations to share our overall mission and sponsor this incredible one-of-a-kind program.