Maryland Cyber Challenge

Maryland Cyber Challenge
Loyola Blakefield

CyberMaryland Challenge & Virtual Competition 2021

The signature event of the CyberMaryland Conference, the Maryland Cyber Challenge & Competition (MDC3), launched in 2010 gathers today’s top up and coming cyber talent in one single event in a thrilling cybersecurity match-up! This year, two separate competitions will include students representing Maryland community colleges as well as students from 4-year universities across the country. Teams of four will battle it out in a series of fun-filled, real-world cybersecurity games that put their critical thinking skills to the ultimate test. Winning teams will receive a prize! With more than 4,000 competitors to date, MDC3 promises a competition that will test participants and surface the best cybersecurity talent.

For 2021, MDC3 will incorporate an online-virtual competition, normally held in-person in Baltimore, MD. Hosted and delivered by cybersecurity education powerhouse University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) using the tryhackme platform, the competition scenarios and platform will be refereed by today’s leading cyber practitioners, university professors, and guest hosts from across the cyber world.

The virtual competition tests cyber skills in 10 different categories:

  1. Encoding/Encryption
  2. File Analysis
  3. Forensics/ Hard Disks
  4. Log Analysis
  5. Malware Analysis/Reverse Engineering
  6. Network Captures/Wireless
  7. Open Source Intelligence
  8. Passwords/Hashing
  9. Scanning/Exploitation
  10. Virtual Machines

Maryland-based community colleges may enter an unlimited number of teams. Four-year universities may only enter 1 team per school and are limited to the first 50 teams to register.

Competition Schedule

Prior to the competition start time, teams will have 30 minutes for setup. Each competition will be followed by a short awards ceremony.

2-Year Colleges (Maryland) 3/24/21 9:30 AM EST – 12 PM EST
Award Ceremony 12:00-12:15
4 Year University (National) 3/24/21 1 PM EST – 3:30 PM EST
Award Ceremony 3:30-3:45


2-Year College Level Challenge Team $25.00 per team, $100.00 for 4 or more teams*
*Each team will need to be registered individually. If you are registering past your fourth team, please contact Lindsay Nussbaum for a promo code for your fifth and onward team registration(s).
4-Year College Level Challenge Team $100.00 per team, max of 1 team per school

To support, volunteer or help promote the CyberMaryland Challenge Program and Education Opportunities for Maryland Students, please contact David Powell at



All team rosters must be finalized by Friday March 19th at 5PM EST.