Engage and learn from leading edge practitioners, access the latest cyber tools and techniques, interact with the best students in the nation, receive scholarships for participating and winning entries.
Each school selects and fields one team of 4 minimum to 5 maximum top students, and these students cannot bet past challenge participants. Schools that meet the entrance requirements (below) and successfully complete phase I will receive a Gold $10,000 or Silver $5,000 award to support faculty, students, and travel. The conference committee determines the award level based on the quality of the Phase I submission.
Awards are disbursed after schools commit to participating in phases II and III and provide at least one qualified full-time faculty advisor who commits to support students, attend finals in Philadelphia, PA, and develop additional expertise for integration into the school curriculum.
Schools that are accepted into Phase II receive:
- Virtual training on the latest cyber tactics and relevant training materials.
- An industry mentor for each student team.
- Web based community to learn from and engage with others.
Schools that participate in Phase III – finals receive:
- Hotel accommodations are provided to all finalists, transportation is covered by each team’s school.
- Qualified faculty are invited to participate and/or speak at a new cyber conference associated with NCAC 2018.
- The winning team will receive up to $20,000 (a max of $4,000 per student).
- The runner-up team will receive up to $5,000 (a max of $1,000 per student).
The National Cyber Analyst Challenge is open to teams of students enrolled in bachelors (4 year) or masters programs in US universities. To enter, the university must provide a full-time faculty advisor and field a team from a relevant academic cyber program. Past participants and PhD students are not eligible for the NCAC. See the FAQ for complete eligibility requirements.