What is the President’s Cup?
The President’s Cup is one of our Nation’s top cybersecurity competitions, testing participants in three exciting rounds of challenges mapped to the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. The competition aims to find and reward the best and brightest cyber talent in the Federal government.
How to Compete?
President’s Cup is open to all members of the Federal workforce and U.S. military. Participants can compete as an individual, on a team of up to five members from the same department or agency, or both. The competition will be in a cloud environment with minimal system requirements for competitors. All participants need for the first two qualifying rounds is a supported web browser (Chrome, Firefox, or Edge). This year’s registration dates are as follows:
- Teams Registration: Monday, July 27 through Friday, August 14, 2020
- Individuals Registration: Monday July 27 through Friday, August 28, 2020
Participants apply their skills to real-world scenarios to complete a task or solve a problem. This year, the Individuals Competition will be split into two tracks:
- Track A focuses on Forensics Analysis and Incident Response work roles
- Track B focuses on Exploitation Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment Analysis work roles
The Teams Competition will focus on eight in-demand work roles. The top 10 competitors in the individual tracks and the top five teams will move on to the championship round.
President’s Cup 2019 Success!
Established by Executive Order 13870, the first President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition started in 2019, with more than 1,000 registrants and over 200 active teams. Participants engaged in 6,000 combined hours of active challenges across 3,300 challenge attempts. An Air Force Academy cadet and a U.S. Army team won the 2019 President’s Cup, with awards presented by Vice President Mike Pence at the White House Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
What Makes a Great Team?
To succeed in this year’s competition, keep in mind that teams that excelled last year had well-rounded and complementary skill sets. Successful teams also took a divide-and-conquer approach in the qualifying rounds, allowing those with more expertise in certain areas to work on challenges best suited to their talents. Before this year’s competition begins, CISA will release last year’s challenges on GitHub and Docker Hub.
If you’re interested in showing off your cyber skills and gaining some recognition from your peers and colleagues, sign up for the 2020 President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition by August 14. Be sure to check out the 2020 President’s Cup website for more information.