US Cyber Challenge: Cyber Quests October 2015

The competition has ended!

Welcome to the Cyber Quests portion of the US Cyber Challenge, sponsored by Cyber Aces!

Cyber Quests are a series of fun but challenging on-line competitions allowing participants to demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of information security realms. Each quest features an artifact for analysis, along with a series of quiz questions. Some quests focus on a potentially vulnerable sample web server as the artifact, challenging participants to identify its flaws using vulnerability analysis skills. Other quests are focused around forensic analysis, packet capture analysis, and more. The quests have varying levels of difficulty and complexity, with some quests geared toward beginners, while others include more intermediate and ultimately advanced material.

Security Monitoring and Event Analysis (October):

Mon. Oct. 19, 2015 7:00am EDTRegistration opens
Mon. Oct. 19, 2015 7:00am EDTQuiz opens
Sat. Oct. 31, 2015 9:00pm EDTRegistration closes
Sun. Nov. 1, 2015 11:59pm ESTQuiz closes

In this Cyber Quest, participants will be challenged to identify indicators that show an incident has occurred, differentiating between those incidents that represent impotent attack vectors and those that need to be analyzed in-depth by incident responders. Participants will analyze packets, logs, and related scenarios to determine the nature of a variety of attacks, using skills associated with Security Monitoring and Event Analysts job requirements as set forth in the Mission Critical Role Project document developed by the Council on CyberSecurity.

The top performer of the Fall 2015 Cyber Quests competition will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Center for Internet Security (CIS) and NBISE. The winner must be a citizen of the United States and complete all necessary documentation required by CIS in order to receive the scholarship. Other prizes may be available for other top achievers in the competition. Once finalized, those prizes will be announced.

Registration will open on October 19, 2015, and will close on October 31, 2015. The quiz will be available from October 19, 2015 until November 1, 2015. Registered users will each have three attempts to take the quiz. For each of your three attempts, you will have 24 hours from the time you begin the quiz to complete it, and you may only submit your answers once per attempt. For each attempt, you must submit the answers within 24 hours of when you start, or by 11:59pm EST on November 1, 2015 (whichever comes first). If you still have the quiz open in your browser at closing time, or if you leave the quiz and don't come back to submit, it will automatically submit whatever answers you have entered so far. If you stay on the same page for more than four hours, your session may time out. Your answers on each page will be automatically saved every five minutes, and when you click the Next button at the bottom of each page. You may leave and come back, but you must come back to finish before time expires or the quiz closes!

Rankings will be determined based on who achieves the highest score in the shortest amount of time. In the event of a tie score, the shortest time is the winner. Your highest score among your three attempts will be counted as your final score. The time is calculated based on when you first open the quiz and when you submit your final answers; the timer DOES NOT stop if you leave and come back! For example, if you start the quiz at 2:00pm, work on it for an hour, then come back the next day at 1:00pm and submit your final answers at 1:05pm, your time would be 23:05:00.

Any user found to have registered for more than one account, or users found to have shared answers, will be disqualified and ineligible for any awards, prizes, scholarships or other opportunities presented as a result of Cyber Quests.

Registration is now closed.
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on the competition and awards throughout the registration and competition period.

For more information about Cyber Quests, please contact Karen Evans at

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