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In addition to providing students with curriculum that meets the requirements for an NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE), our students regularly participate in various cyber challenges, including:


The mission of the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) system is to provide institutions with an information assurance or computer security curriculum a controlled, competitive environment to assess their student's depth of understanding and operational competency in managing the challenges inherent in protecting a corporate network infrastructure and business information systems.


The UCSB International Capture The Flag (also known as the iCTF) is a distributed, wide-area security exercise, whose goal is to test the security skills of the participants. It is the world's largest and longest-running educational hacking competition that integrates both attack and defense aspects in a live setting.


DCITA (sponsored by the DoD Cyber Crime Center) provides in-residence and online training to DoD elements that protect DoD information systems from unauthorized use, criminal, fraudulent, and foreign intelligence activities.