Cadet Competitive Cyber Team, C3T
February, 2014/Members of the C3T talk with West Point's Cyber Chair, LTG (R) Rhett Hernandez, (Former Commander, Army Cyber Command) on cyber threats in a Question and Answer session.
2014/January On 30 January to 2 February 2014, the EECS-sponsored Cadet Competitive Cyber Team (C3T) traveled to the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) campus in Pittsburgh, PA for the Service Academy Cyber Stakes, sponsored by DARPA. Teams of cadets and midshipmen from the Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, and USMA split into groups and competed over three days in small teams or individually in a series of cyber challenges. The competition was organized and hosted by For All Secure, a company founded by a team of computer security researchers from CMU. Prizes were awarded to teams and individuals for each of the different competitions. The C3T won awards in software exploitation, malware reverse engineering, breaking cryptography, and lockpicking. This event was designed to give students from each of the service academies an opportunity to network, engage in friendly competition, learn new skills, and sow the seeds for future joint cyber operations.
2013/November The Cadet Competitive Cyber Team (C3T) participated in the 10th Annual NYU-Poly Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) Capture the Flag competition finals Nov 14-16 2013 in Brooklyn. For the third straight year, the team qualified in the top 15 undergraduate teams in the nation-wide qualifying round in order to compete. During 36 straight hours of competition, the cadets solved challenges that included reverse engineering, recon, web, and exploitation. The team had its highest finish in the finals, ending up in 10th place, four spots in front of the Air Force team.
2013/September The Cadet Competitive Cyber Team (C3T) competed in the 2013 NYU-Poly Cyber Security Awareness Week Capture the Flag (CSAW CTF) qualifying round from 19 – 22 September 2013. CSAW CTF is an annual, international Cyber Security challenge hosted by the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) and is among the premiere annual collegiate cyber security competitions. The C3T participated remotely, occupying computer labs in Thayer Hall, and spent 72 hours straight solving a series of cyber challenges in the areas of digital forensics, software vulnerabilities, web application exploitation, and binary data analysis. The C3T finished the competition tied for 14th place from among almost 350 undergraduate teams, soundly defeating the Naval Academy team.
2013/January On Saturday, January 12th, 2013 the newly formed Cadet Competitive Cyber Team (C3T) hosted team tryouts in two computer labs in Thayer Hall. Twenty-four Cadets from all four classes demonstrated their cybersecurity skills in a 12-hour Capture the Flag (CTF) competition, solving a series of challenges to score points. The challenge was organized and executed by Cadets Benjamin Allison (’14) and Christian Sharpsten (’14), with help from the Team’s coach, MAJ Todd Arnold. Results from the challenge were one of the primary criteria in selecting the team’s 12 principal members. The new C3T represents West Point by participating in intercollegiate cybersecurity competitions such as the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC, http://www.nationalccdc.org/) held each spring.
The C3T is a competitive academic team within the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The team’s primary mission is to prepare for, and compete in, undergraduate cybersecurity competitions in order to improve their own computer and network security skills and to conduct outreach for the Army Cyber Center, the EECS Department, and USMA.