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Apply to Play in the US Cyber Games

July 1–10, 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) 10-day 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).

US Cyber Games


Competition: July 1–10, 2022
Deadline to Apply: July 4, 2022

Who Should Apply?

  • The US Cyber Open caters to individuals interested in cybersecurity - at all levels of proficiency. Challenges range from Beginner-level to Advanced and run for 10 days (July 1–10, 2022).
  • 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.

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.
  • 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 1–10, 2022

Test your skills and abilities in this ten-day-long Capture-the-Flag competition. The CTF is open to all skill levels and 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.

Deadline To Apply: July 4, 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 18 to 24 years old (by December 31, 2023) and a US Citizen with a valid US passport.
  • Applications will be reviewed and an acceptance/rejection email will be sent to all individuals.
  • Any athlete who successfully completes the US Cyber Open and continues to participate in the US Cyber Combine Invitational will also complete a Cyber Aptitude Typology Indicator (CATI). This assessment provides each participant with a cyber personality type, similar to the Myers-Briggs, and behavior values to understand information gathering, processing, and decision-making preferences for each player athlete. Athletes will also undergo a series of interviews with the coaching team.

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.