University of Washington CCDC and CTF Teams
Thursday, September 19, 10:50-11:45am - Presentation

The Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) is a multi-day competition that places college teams in the role of maintaining and defending the IT infrastructure of a fictional company. Since the competition's inception in the Pacific Rim area six years ago, UW-CSE has put together a team every year and has won the regional competition six times as well as the national competition twice. This team, which originally formed itself to compete in CCDC, has since grown out to also compete in international capture the flag computer security competitions. Our philosophy is to create an environment that allows motivated and passionate students to train themselves alongside each other, as opposed to the alternate but also very reasonable philosophy of structured training. This isn't to say that there is a lack of organization. Rather, we are emphasizing a philosophy where the organization and goals are defined by the students themselves. By the nature of this philosophy, the students are in control, and strategies on getting such a group rolling is nebulous. To address this, we will discuss how to foster an environment for such a team. Important topics include recruiting, goal setting, student leadership, student mentorship, and physical resources for the students. We will also discuss our history as an example of how our students have organized themselves around furthering their personal career goals and short term competition goals. This presentation would be particularly useful for other schools who wish to unify their passionate cyber security students together.