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Here you will find information related to the conduct of the Annual Southeast Regional Cyber Defense Competition, hosted and coordinated by the KSU Center for Information Security Education staff.

  • Information
  • Key Policies

For Registration fees by credit card visit the KSU Mall site here

Saturday March 5, 2016 and Sat Mar 12, 2016 (as needed) are the tentative dates for the 2016 Virtual Preliminary Qualification Competition.

The top 8 performing teams will be selected to compete in the on-site regional competition, to be hosted at KSU from 8am-6pm, April 6-7, 2016. The event will be held in the Burruss Building this year. Click here for a map.

The winner of the on-site regional competition will represent the Southeast region at the National CCDC in San Antonio in late April.

Email infosec@kennesaw.edu with any questions.

For the 2016 SECCDC Season:

The following teams will be competing in the SECCDQC Qualification Competition on March 5 and 12, 2016:

  • TBA
* denotes first time competitors


New promotional videos have been developed using interviews from the 2014 season.  These can be viewed by clicking on the following links.

SECCDC Recruitment Policy and Guidelines

In an effort to help facilitate the development of a regular, national level cyber security exercise, the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security at the University of Texas at San Antonio hosted the first Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) for the Southwestern region in May 2005. In June 2005, members of the Kennesaw State University ’s Center for Information Security Education attended their presentation and recognized the value of the program. We immediately volunteered to create a similar event at KSU in 2006, to provide a regional competition to recognize the best team in the Southeast, and to work to sponsor that team to the National competition hosted by UTSA (see www.nationalccdc.org).

While similar to other cyber defense competitions in many aspects, the SECCDC, as part of the CCDC, is unique in that it focuses on the operational aspect of managing and protecting an existing network infrastructure. While other exercises examine the abilities of a group of students to design, configure, and protect a network over the course of an entire semester, this competition is focused on the more operational task of assuming administrative and protective duties for an existing “commercial” network. Teams will be scored based on their ability to detect and respond to outside threats, maintain availability of existing services such as mail servers and web servers, respond to business requests such as the addition or removal of additional services, and balance security needs against business needs.

SECCDC Registration Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests must be received no later than 14 days prior to the SECCDQC qualification competition in order to ensure proper refunds. Refunds will be made if FAXED or MAILED SIGNED notice of cancellation is received no later than the following dates for the corresponding refunds to be received.

Cancellations sent via e-mail, cancellations without the signature of the registrant, or those received after 14 days prior to the SECCDQC will not be accepted and the registrant institution will be liable for the full registration. The registration fee applies to both sponsorship fees and registration fees for the SECCDQC and on-site SECCDC. Submission of a registration fee does not guarantee a team a place in the on-site competition.

If a team does not make the top 8 teams in the SECCDQC, they are NOT eligible for a refund. If for any reason the competition is rescheduled due to events beyond the competition committee's control, all registration and sponsorship fees will be transferred to the new date. Should a competition team not be able to make the new date, a 50% refund will be issued if the request is made at least 14 days before the date of the rescheduled competition (SECCDQC only).

By submitting payment, you are agreeing to the above cancellation policy. As a public educational institution, Kennesaw State University is exempt from United States federal income tax. Registration fees paid to KSU for this competition are not tax-deductible as a charitable contribution but may be deducted as ordinary and necessary business expenses. Sponsorship fees MAY be tax-deductible as a charitable contribution, please consult a tax professional to determine eligibility.


A video from the 2013 National CCDC can be viewed here