Maryland Cyber Challenge

Maryland Cyber Challenge

CyberMaryland Challenge & Competition 2020

The signature event of the CyberMaryland Conference, the Maryland Cyber Challenge & Competition (MDC3), launched in 2010 gathers today’s top up and coming Cyber talent under a single roof in a thrilling cybersecurity match-up! This year, four separate competitions will include students representing Maryland middle schools, high schools, and Community Colleges, as well as students from 4-year Universities across the country. Watch teams of four battle it out for incredible prizes in a series of fun-filled, real-world cybersecurity games that put their critical thinking skills to the ultimate test. With over 4,000 competitors to date, MDC3 promises a competition that will test participants and surface the best cybersecurity talent.

For 2020, MDC3 will incorporate online virtual qualification round followed by virtual finals (normally held in-person in Baltimore, MD). Hosted and delivered by Cybersecurity Education Powerhouse University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) using the CTFd platform, the competition scenarios and platform will be refereed by today’s leading cyber practitioners, university professors, and guest hosts from across the Cyber world.

The virtual qualification round, conducted via the Internet, tests cyber skills in 10 different categories:

  1. Encoding/Encryption
  2. File Analysis
  3. Forensics/ Hard Disks
  4. Log Analysis
  5. Malware Analysis/Reverse Engineering
  6. Network Captures/Wireless
  7. Open Source Intelligence
  8. Passwords/Hashing
  9. Scanning/Exploitation
  10. Virtual Machines

Maryland-based middle schools, high schools, and Community colleges may enter an unlimited number of teams. 4-year Universities may only enter 1 team per school and limited to the first 50 teams to register. Only the top 10 teams from each division will advance to the virtual finals. The virtual finals will include a Capture the Flag/King of the Hill variation, with additional exercise problems introduced as the game progresses.

Competition Schedule

Virtual Qualifications:

Qualification Round Division Qualification Round Date
Middle School (Maryland) 11/6/20 12:00 PM EST – 11/7/20 6 PM EST
High School (Maryland) 11/13/20 12:00 PM EST – 11/14/20 6 PM EST
Community Colleges (Maryland) 11/20/20 12:00 PM EST – 11/21/20 6 PM EST
4 Year University (National) 12/04/20 12:00 PM EST – 12/05/20 6 PM EST

Virtual Finals

Finals (Top 10 Teams) Finals Times
Middle School (Maryland) 12/10/20 9:00 AM -12 PM EST
Community Colleges (Maryland) 12/10/20 1:00 PM-4 PM EST
High School (Maryland) 12/11/20 9:00 AM -12 PM EST
4 Year University (National) 12/11/20 1:00 PM-4 PM EST

Please visit to register for MDC3 2020.

To support, volunteer or help promote the CyberMaryland Challenge Program and Education Opportunities for Maryland Students, please contact David Powell @