Welcome to the 2019 President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition!

Welcome to the 2019 President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition!

President's Cup LogoEstablished in response to Executive Order 13870, the President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition is a national cyber competition aiming to identify, recognize, and reward the best cybersecurity talent in the federal executive workforce. Hosting challenges from across the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Framework, competitors will face a diverse array of challenges and will require an extensive skill set to succeed.

 

President’s Cup Timeline

 

Teams

Individuals

Sep 16 @ 9AM EDT – Sep 27 @ 5PM EDT: Open registration and platform accessibility testing

Sep 16 @ 9AM EDT – Oct 11 @ 5PM EDT: Open registration and platform accessibility testing

Sep 23 @ 9AM EDT – Sep 30 @ 11:59 PM EDT (team must start NLT 4PM EDT): Round 1 – team competition

Oct 7 @ 9AM EDT – Oct 14 @ 11:59 EDT (individual must start NLT 4PM EDT): Round 1 – individual competition

Oct 21 @ 9 AM EDT – Oct 30 @ 11:59 EDT (team must start NLT 4PM EDT): Round 2 – team competition

Nov 4 @ 9AM EST – Nov 13 @ 11:59 EST (individual must start NLT 4PM EST): Round 2 – individual competition

Dec 10 – Dec 12: Championship Round – teams and individuals.

 

Registration

Active participation in the 2019 President’s Cup is limited to United States Government executive departments and agencies and includes drilling members of the Reserve and National Guard components of the U.S. military.

Participants register using a .gov/.mil email address.

Competition Details

Participants can compete either as part of a team or as an individual or both. Each competition consists of three progressively difficult rounds. Each competition is comprised of challenges consisting of real-world scenarios where participants must apply technical skills to solve a problem or complete a task. Challenges are mapped to NICE Framework categories and challenge categories from Executive Order 13870.

The table below contains details on the qualifying rounds (Round 1 and Round 2) and the final Championship Round for both teams and individuals.

Round 1 is open to any and all individual Federal Executive Branch (to include the DoD and Uniformed Services) cybersecurity practitioners as well as teams of up to five members within each department, agency, or uniformed service. Government contractors are not permitted to participate.

Round

Format & Structure

Round 1: Teams

 

Teams comprised of up to five team members Accessed remotely via supported web browser Television game show-style format

Top-scoring team from each department, agency, and uniformed service automatically advances

For remaining teams, first round minimum score determines advancement to Round 2 (minimum score to be determined)

Round 1: Individuals

 

Accessed remotely via supported web browser Television game show-style format

First round minimum score determines who advances to Round 2 (minimum score to be determined)

Round 2: Teams

 

Same team members as Round 1

Accessed remotely via supported web browser

Television game show-style format with higher points and harder challenges Score cut-off determines which teams advance to Championship Round

Round 2: Individuals

Accessed remotely via supported web browser

Television game show-style format with higher points and harder challenges Score cut-off determines who advances to Championship Round

Championship Round: Teams

Same team members as Rounds 1 and 2 In-person, three-day event

Capture the flag (CTF) format and one-day escape room-style competition

CTF score and escape room finish time determine the President’s Cup team trophy winner

Championship Round: Individuals

In-person, three-day event Capture the flag (CTF) format

Gold, silver and bronze individual winners determined by final leaderboard scores

Incentives and Awards

The President of the United States (or designate) will award medals to the top three individual contestants.

The winning team will be awarded a President’s Cup trophy. This President’s Cup trophy will be inscribed with the year of the competition, the name of the winning department, agency, or service, and the names of each year’s winning team members.

Awards will be provided from the White House under Presidential Authority. The Prize Structure is as follows:

 

Teams (to be distributed evenly amongst competitiors)

Individuals

First Place

$50,000

$7,500

Second Place

$25,000

$5,000

Third Place

$10,000

$2,500

Support and Contact Information

To ask a question, report a problem, or provide other feedback on the President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition, send email to: prescup-support@sei. cmu.edu or call (412) 268-3054.

Please include as much detail as possible including the specific challenge, system element(s) involved, and any error messages you may have received.

Hours of Operation

The President's Cup Cybersecurity Competition is open for participation 24/7 during registration and qualifying. Support during registration and qualifying is available:

Registration period – Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Qualifying rounds – Monday through Friday, 24-hour support; Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Hours are Eastern Daylight Time.

Please note that support availability is limited on weekends during the competition; participants who choose to compete during this time do so at their own risk. Please make use of the demo challenges to ensure compatibility before competing.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Below you will find some commonly asked questions and answers to help you with 2019 President’s Cup. If you can’t find the answer here, please contact us.

Will I need any special software or applications to participate in the President’s Cup?

No. All that is needed for the first two qualification rounds is a modern web browser and your registered account. Supported browsers are: Chrome, Firefox and Edge or later.

I saw that the Championship Round is an in-person, three-day event. Where is the Championship Round held?

The final round will be held in the CISA Cybersecurity Division facility in Arlington, VA. Agencies are responsible for travel for their personnel to attend if they qualify.

I heard about the President’s Cup too late to sign up. Will there be a President’s Cup in 2020?

Yes. The President’s Cup will continue to evolve in future years based upon lessons learned before, during, and after the 2019 President’s Cup.

My agency wants to enter two teams in Round 1. Is that possible?

Yes. A department or agency can enter more than one team in the competition.

One of my team members dropped out after Round 1. Can I replace them with someone else for Round 2?

No. Once a team is locked in place, members can’t be added.

When does registration for the competition start?

Registration and platform accessibility start on Sep 16 @ 9AM EDT. Teams may continue to register until the end of the Round 1 Team Qualifier, and individuals may continue to register until the end of the Round 1 Individual Qualifier.

You mention that the competition challenges will be mapped to the NICE Framework. Where can I get more information on the NICE Framework?

This one-page overview is a good place to start. This video, NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework 101, is a more detailed introduction to the NICE Framework website. See also our supporting materials below.

I’m eligible to participate in the President’s Cup, but I don’t have a team. Can I participate as an individual?

Yes. See Competition Details above. Participants can compete either as part of a team or as an individual or both. Round 1 is open to any and all Federal Executive Branch cybersecurity professionals.

I’m a detailee and I want to participate. Which organization do I participate with – my original agency or my detailed agency?

Detailees to a specific agency can participate on a team for their detailed agency or their home agency.

Can I participate on more than one team at a time?

No. You can only be a team member on one team.

I’m a government contractor and I want to participate. Am I eligible?

No. Government contractors cannot participate in the President's Cup.

President’s Cup Supporting Materials

Review the supporting materials and resources below to help prepare for the President’s Cup. Many of these resources are mentioned above and were referenced in the planning stages of the President’s Cup timeline.

 

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