Welcome to Cyber Challenge 2012

Sponsored by The MITRE Corporation, Career Technical Education Foundation (CTEF) and (ISC)2 to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines for cyber security.

Event Description

In support of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) outreach, The MITRE Corporation, CTEF and (ISC)2 hosted a virtually distributed, national Capture the Flag (CTF) Competition. This event was an opportunity for students to compete against their peers in cyber security.

Teams of 4-5 students* competed to solve challenges covering topics such as steganography, software exploitation, computer forensics, cryptography, and networking.

An event kickoff web conference was held on June 28th to introduce the competition, review rules, and discuss the training available. Virtual cyber training and practice range were made available for teams to use while they prepared for the competition.

The CTF competition itself was held on July 9th and 10th. Each day consisted of a 10 hour session in which students compete for points by completing challenges. The official winners will be announced once team members have been identified in conjunction with their sponsoring institutions.

The winning team will receive four $1,000 college scholarships and vouchers to take the SSCP exam, qualifies to compete in a follow-on prestigious cyber security contest (details to be announced) and receives early consideration for participation in MITRE's Cyber Internship program**.

Points of Contact

Ryan Freckleton (primary) 719.572.8406
Jon Palmer (alternate) 813.207.5357
Bob Cherinka 813.207.5311

* Participation is limited to students at the U.S. high school or undergraduate college levels. We reserve the right to approve all participants to ensure a leveled playing field for the competition.
** Winners will receive up to four registrations to a prestigious cyber security contest and conference. Travel cost is not included. Participation in MITRE's Cyber Internship program is subject to an interviewing process and based on current business needs.


57 teams of 55 registered

Participation is limited to students at U.S. high school or undergraduate college levels only.
This year's registration form is set up for team registrations. For individuals who would like to participate, or teams looking for more members, please use our Team Matchmaking support page to find your connections.


  • Informational Session Delayed
    The internal MITRE informational session for May 3rd has been delayed until May 14th. Please contact freckleton@mitre.org or 719-572-8406 for details.
    Posted May 2, 2012, 11:45 AM by Ryan Freckleton
  • Welcome to Cyber Challenge 2012!
    Welcome to the MITRE STEM CTF 2012 site. We look forward to your participation. Please register by Jun 5, 2012 to take advantage of this exciting event!
    Posted Mar 27, 2012, 9:27 PM by Jayson Lee
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