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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 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

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
…also, you can get support on our support chat system at

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

2018 Nationals Remote Access & Scenario

Blue Teams,
My name is Daniel Limanowski and I am the competition director for the 2018 NCDC. I work at the Information Assurance Lab, ISEAGE, at Iowa State University under Dr. Doug Jacobson. In addition to myself, there are several others on staff who are working to put on this CDC. They are: Grant Foudree, Matthew Burket, William Rickert, Nathan Mulbrook, Joel May, Joel Wacker, Alex Scheel, and Keane O’Kelley.

The scenario for the 2018 NCDC has been released and is available in the email sent to Blue Teams.

The rules for the competition are located here:
The “Getting Started” section of the rules will explain a few things about the competition environment:
The “Setting Up a Server” section of the rules will help you get your services online:

Remote setup is now officially open. Remote setup will be open until February 1st, 2018 when we will close for a few hours and then reopen later that day. I will send out more details on this in the coming weeks.

Remote Access to vCenter is located here:

NOTE REGARDING HMIs: For power and water HMI applications, be sure to locate the configuration files for both and update the IP addresses to point to your SCADA Devices box (x.x.x.60).

Below are some important dates to be tracking:
1) Scenario released, begin remote setup (NOW!)
2) Remote access goes down for a few hours (February 1st, 2018…hours TBA)
3) On-site Setup Phase in Ames, IA (February 2, 2018…12:00PM – 10:00PM)
4) On-site Attack Phase & Debrief in Ames, IA (February 3, 2018…8:00AM – 5:00PM)

If you have any questions please email us at
Also, you can get support on support chat at

Doug Jacobson, the ISU Information Assurance Center, and the ISEAGE staff are looking forward to another exciting, eventful competition.

Good luck and have fun!

Daniel Limanowski

2018 National CDC Teams

Signup for the 2018 National Cyber Defense Competition (NCDC) is now closed. If a school is still interested in sending a team, please send an email to

We are proud to host the following 20 teams representing 16 different schools across the United States competing in the 2018 NCDC (note that team numbers are not necessarily in order and only identify a team):

  • Team 1: Lewis University Flyers
  • Team 2: SaGe
  • Team 3: secdaemons
  • Team 4: NULLify
  • Team 5: KU-Edwards
  • Team 6: KCC
  • Team 7: University of Northern Iowa
  • Team 8: Bradley University
  • Team 9: ISU
  • Team 10: 404 Team Not Found
  • Team 11: KU Lawrence Jayhackers
  • Team 12: KSUCDC
  • Team 13: A Team has No Name
  • Team 14: The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Team 16: FeathersUp
  • Team 17: Tr0j4nr4bb17
  • Team 19: RTFM
  • Team 20: RTFM2
  • Team 21: Tr0j4nh0r53
  • Team 22: NorseForce

More details to come by January 8th at the latest regarding remote setup and the beginning of the competition!


Daniel Limanowski

NCDC Director

2018 National CDC Details

Remote access open, scenario released. Click here for more.


My name is Daniel Limanowski and I am your Director for the 2018 Iowa State University National CDC (NCDC). This page details everything your school needs to know about signing up for the NCDC, so be sure to read through it all!


Note that this video is NOT representative of the official scenario document and may be subject to change.

Important Dates: The following list contains dates relevant to the NCDC.
1) Signup opens (November 14, 2017)
2) Signup closes (December 8, 2017 at 11:59PM)
3) Scenario deployed, begin remote setup (TENTATIVE: January 8, 2017 +/- a few days!)
4) On-site Setup Phase in Ames, IA (February 2, 2018…12:00PM – 10:00PM)
5) On-site Attack Phase & Debrief in Ames, IA (February 3, 2018…8:00AM – 5:00PM)

Signing up: All 4-year universities in the U.S., a select number of community colleges, and ONE of the top three teams from the Fall ISU CDC are all invited to sign up and compete in the NCDC. ISEAGE is placing a firm cap of 25 teams for this competition. The list of teams competing is generated on a first-come, first-serve basis with respect to the time your school signed up.

Each school, whether it be 4-year or community college, is allowed to send exactly one team of UP TO eight student competitors to represent their school. Extra teams under the same school will be removed if extra teams signup.

Once signup closes, an email will go out (and we will post on with the exact list of teams competing.

Each competitor needs to sign up and join their school’s team, which the captain can create. Please be sure to label your “Organization” as your school’s name upon team creation. Signup closes on December 8th, 2017 at 11:59PM. Head to to get started.

Lodging/Travel: The competition takes place in Coover Hall on the Iowa State Campus in Ames, Iowa. A separate email will be sent out in the next two weeks regarding hotel event/conference discount rates. ISEAGE does not accommodate for lodging or travel and it is the responsibility of teams to handle this themselves.

Livestream: ISEAGE will be livestreaming the on-site setup and attack phase of the NCDC on – feel free to share the link with anyone who wants to tune into the event.

Questions: Any and all CDC-related questions must be sent to

We will be detailing ISEAGE staff support methods in further emails just before the remote setup phase begins.

ISEAGE is proud to present the 2018 Iowa State University National CDC and we hope to see your school competing.

Daniel Limanowski

2017 IT-O CDC Winners

The results are in! Here are the top three teams from the 2017 HyperStream IT-Olympics Cyber Defense Competition hosted by the Internet-Scale Event and Attack Generation Environment (ISEAGE) in Hilton on April 22, 2017.

Team 12: If it doesn’t work, try: rm -rf / took third place

Coming in second was Team 9: Reptar

And first place was Team 13: Dvorak’s Python Symphony in C#!

Congratulations to the top three winners and we hope that all teams learned a lot from this CDC. Thank you to all teams for competing and we look forward to seeing you all next year!