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Cybersecurity Skills Competitions Community of Interest


This Community of Interest is a forum for anyone who is interested in sharing and learning how to empower a public and private competition ecosystem by promoting a wide spectrum of competitions and effective practices for players, teams, schools, sponsors, organizers, and others that advances cybersecurity knowledge, skills, and competencies to grow and sustain a diverse national talent pool. View the previous Competitions Subgroup Charter here. The Cybersecurity Skills Competitions Community of Interest charter will be developed soon. 

To join this group, email This group meets the third Tuesday of every month at 3:00 p.m., Eastern Time. view mailing list etiquette here.

This Community of Interest is part of the broader NICE Community Coordinating Council. As such, members are automatically added to the NICE Community Coordinating Council.

Members of the previous Competitions Subgroup do not need to take any action to join this Community of Interest. There will be an automatic transition. If you would like to be removed from the Community of Interest, please let us know.



Bradley Wolfenden, Business Development & Marketing Strategy, EmberSec


Amelia Phillips, Regional Director PRCCDC, CIS and Computer Science Departments, Cybersecurity and Forensics BAS Lead at Highline College

Active Projects: 

  • How to Build and Run a Competition - This is intended to be a basic guidebook on how to create your own competition. It is a living, breathing document that can be updated as things change. Version one will serve as a starting point. View the full project charter here
  • Guide for Competitors - The purpose of the guide is to provide information about the types of cyber competitions, recommended tools and training, and how to get started. The intended audience for the Guide for Competitors is both current competitors and also those interested in competing. View the full project charter here


Active Programs

  • Recent Competition Podcasts on the YouTube CyberFed channel:
    • Bill Doherty, Computer Science Instructor, University of Nevada, Reno - July 23, 2020
    • Mari Galloway, CEO, Women's Society of Cyberjutsu - July 20, 2020
    • Lisa Oyler, Teacher, Summit Technology Academy - July 11, 2020
    • Brad Wolfenden, EmberSec, NICE Competitions Subgroup Co-chair - June 30, 2020

See more Competition Podcasts on the YouTube CyberFed channel

Completed Projects:

The industry and academic leaders of the Competitions Subgroup are seeking input on interests and accomplishments in competitions. Provide your input here.



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Created April 24, 2017, Updated January 21, 2021