Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition: 2018 Nationals Review

Over the past 4 years, I’ve been involved with the National Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC). This event was created with the goal of becoming the premiere collegiate offensive security competition. What makes CPTC unique is that it focuses on much more than identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities.... Read More

CPTC 2018 - National Review

This was the fourth annual CPTC event we've held, but 6th total event (including each of the regionals). Personally, this has been my third year with the group, but it feels like a lifetime of lessons learned and great memories. Lets dive into some of the highlights from this year! The theme this year is Wheelz, or a self driving car company, which some of you may remember from the regional post... Read More

CPTC 2017: Next Generation of Pen Testing Rockstars Face Off at Nationals

Watching 10 different groups present on the same topic — one right after the other — might seem boring, but for me it was extremely exciting... Read More

Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC) 2017 Review

This year was another amazing Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC) Read More

Stanford Team takes 1st place in CPTC Western Regionals

[Af]ter 8 hours of intense penetration testing on Saturday, October 7th, at Uber HQ in San Francisco, the Stanford team returned to campus and authored a 52 page findings and remediation report, finishing up at 3AM and then returning to the CPTC competition venue to deliver their recommendations by 8AM Sunday Read More

UMUC Cyber Padawans Rack Up Accomplishments, Take Second Place in Recent Halloween-themed Hacking Competition

On Saturday, Sept. 7, the UMUC Cyber Padawans competed in the Eastern Regional Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC) at State College, Pennsylvania, where they earned a Judges Award, along with a $1,500 cash prize Read More

Missouri S&T to host cyber-defense competition

Computer science students from Missouri University of Science and Technology and a 17-state region who study cyber security will have an opportunity this weekend to see their textbook lessons come to life in a competition that simulates the high-stakes work of corporate cyber sleuths. Read More

CPTC 2017 - Regional Review

CPTC, aka The Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition, is in it's third year, and this is the first time we've held three concurrent regional events, to separate out a national bracket. Read More


Cybersecurity competitions have become principal education components preparing students for cybersecurity jobs through hands-on exercises and competition scenarios. Read More


Instead of defending your network, searching for flags, or claiming ownership of systems, CPTC focuses on mimicing the activities performed during a real-world penetration testing engagement conducted by companies, professional services firms, and internal security departments around the world Read More

Game On!

Cybersecurity competitions are a great way to scout top security talent while giving back to the community and refining professional skills Read More