2019 ISU2 Spring CDC Release Announcement

Howdy Blue Teams!
My name is Daniel Limanowski and I am your director for the 2019 ISU2/Spring Cyber Defense Competition. I work for the ISEAGE security research lab under Dr. Doug Jacobson. My awesome team of student staff members who’ve worked endless hours to prepare this CDC for you are *queue jazz and SNL intro voice*: Logan Woolery, Alex Young, Sean Hinchee, Joel Wacker, Jacob Moody, Joel May, and William Rickert.

Scenario Introduction

The scenario for the 2019 ISU2 CDC is brought to you in part by John Deere. Its title: “Connected Farming.” This year’s Spring CDC throws Blue Teams into a local farm’s network with webservers, connected farming equipment, and plenty of cross-box/application (proprietary) communications.

Remote Setup

Remote setup is now officially open. Please head to https://signup.iseage.org/ and create an account. You’ll be able to make a team, look for team members, and/or join an existing team. Then, you’ll be able to access vCenter and IScorE. If you have trouble finding a team, please send us an email at cdc_support@iastate.edu

Where to start/how to get help

If you’re completely new to Cyber Defense Competitions, create an account on signupand view the Scenario documentation linked in that application. Read through the entire document first, then…
…if you still have questions, please email us at cdc_support@iastate.edu
…also, you can get support on our support chat system at https://setup.iseage.org

Lab Jams

Lab jams are two-hour blocks where Blue Teamers (you) can come in to get in-person help, guidance, and advice from ISEAGE staff during the remote setup phase. You may come and go as you please during the lab jams. The following dates/locations for the lab jams are:


  • Wed| March 6 | 7:00PM – 9:00 PM
  • Sun | March 10 | 6:00PM – 8:00 PM
  • Wed | March 13 | 7:00PM – 9:00 PM
  • Sun | March 24 | 6:00PM – 8:00 PM
  • Wed| March 27 | 7:00PM – 9:00 PM


Below are some important dates to be tracking:
1) Scenario released, begin remote setup (NOW!)
2) Remote access goes down for a half-day (March 28th, 2019…hours TBA)
3) On-site Setup Phase in Ames, IA (March 29 at 12:00PM – March 30 at 8:00AM…TLA open ALL night!)
4) On-site Attack Phase & Debrief in Ames, IA (March 30, 2019…8:00AM – 5:00PM)

Now get some country queued, fire up those tractors (yup, you can do this), and fill those silos!

Daniel Limanowski

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