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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. The Cybersecurity Skills Competitions Community of Interest charter is available here


David Zeichick

David Zeichick
Assistant Professor
Computer Science Department
California State University, Chico

Jake Mihevc
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Jake Mihevc 
Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Mohawk Valley Community College


Jessica C. Leung
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Jessica Leung
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Heidi Spantzel
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Heidi Spantzel
John Adams Academy

NICE Program Office staff liaison: Danielle Santos, NICE Manager of Communications and Operations and Lead for International Engagement


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become a member

Members of this Community of Interest are part of the broader NICE Community Coordinating Council and will be added to it automatically. Google Groups is used for this group as a resource for communication.

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get engaged

nicecompetitions [at] (Share) your questions, opportunities, and leading practices with the community! If you have ideas or just want to get to know others interested in cybersecurity skills competitions, this is the place for you. 

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meeting information

This group meets quarterly. All meetings are held via Microsoft Teams unless otherwise indicated.

View Meeting Schedule 


Active Projects: 

  • List of Competitions - This is intended to be a dynamic listing of cybersecurity and cybersecurity-related competitions. 

Completed Projects:

The Cyber Range: A Guide

This document intends to provide guidance on the use cases, features, and types of cyber ranges in cybersecurity education, certification, and training. 

Project Deliverable: The Cyber Range: A Guide (September 2023)

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

Project Deliverable: So You Want to Build a Cybersecurity Competition: 12 Things to Consider Before Getting Started (September 2023)

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 is both current competitors and also those interested in competing. View the full project charter here

Project Deliverable: Guide to Cybersecurity Competitions for Competitors (September 2023)



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



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Created April 24, 2017, Updated April 15, 2024