US Cyber Challenge: Cyber Quests Fall 2021

The Cyber Quest has been extended through Sunday, December 5, 2021!

Welcome to the Cyber Quests portion of the US Cyber Challenge! To participate, please click the Registration link on the left and register for an account within the Question Engine.

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 (Fall 2021):

Mon. Nov. 1, 2021 7:00am EDTRegistration & Quiz open
Sun. Dec. 5, 2021 11:59pm PSTRegistration & Quiz close

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.

Before you begin, please download and install Wireshark (1.4.6 or later), and then download the following ZIP file (containing 7 files) for analysis:
Fall 2021 Cyber Quest Resources File

Important Notice: Some of the packet capture files contained in the ZIP file contain evidence of attacks, but are not malicious in any way. Some anti-virus tools may alert based on the presence of the attack evidence. Specifically, Avast and ClamAV are known to identify the capture.pcap packet capture file as a false positive. However, the file itself cannot attack or exploit computers in any way, and is not executable at all. The file is merely read using the Wireshark analysis tool, and it in no way manipulates or alters Wireshark. If a user receives an anti-virus alert, they need to either configure the anti-virus tool to allow the file to be opened or to analyze it on a computer with a different anti-virus tool.

Registration will open on November 1, 2021, and will close on December 5, 2021. The quiz will be available from November 1, 2021 until December 5, 2021. 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 PST on December 5, 2021 (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.

Are you ready for the challenge? Take the Cyber Quest challenge to compete for an invitation to one of the 2022 USCC Cyber Camps, which are scheduled throughout the summer around the country. Please visit the U.S. Cyber Challenge Website for details and locations. Additional awards, prizes and scholarships may become available. While all are welcome to participate in the competition, camp invitations, awards, prizes and scholarships are available to U.S. residents only at this time.

Registration will close on December 5, 2021 at 11:59pm PST.
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on the competition and awards throughout the registration and competition period.

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Technical Support questions about the challenge should be directed to However, please keep in mind that we will not give answers to the quiz itself.

All information will be used in connection with the activities associated with the US Cyber Challenge, including statistical reporting for accounting of performance metrics regarding the participants.