Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

March 7-9, 2024

About the Competition

The Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (RMCCDC) is a well-established competition that provides collegiate teams an opportunity to test their cybersecurity knowledge and abilities. This is Regis University’s thirteenth year as Rocky Mountain regional host of competitors from Kansas, Utah, Nebraska and, of course, Colorado. This year the event will be held in Denver at Regis University's Northwest Denver Campus. The winning team represents the Rocky Mountain region at the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

Contestants will work remotely as a replacement security operations team at a fictitious company that is under attack by an adversary, the Red Team. RMCCDC specifically focuses on the operational aspect of managing and protecting an existing “commercial” network infrastructure. The competition provides faculty with a measure of the strength of their curriculum, students find out how they do against long odds and intense pressure, and employers search for future security, network and systems engineers.

Past Winners

See the list of all RMCCDC winners since 2011

Contact Us

Bob Bowles

Media Inquiries

The BYU team holds the winners banner with Regis President, Salvador Aceves

RMCCDC 2023 Champions

Congratulations to this year's Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition winners – Brigham Young University.

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badges to the event sit on a table
a young man and young woman work on laptops
winners of the 2020 competition pose with a banner thanking the event's sponsors

Event Highlights

February 3, 2024
Competition Qualifier

March 7, 2024
Career Fair

March 8-9, 2024
In-person Competition + Awards Ceremony


Register By March 5, 2024

All teams interested in competing in the 2024 RMCCDC season must complete the online registration form through Nationals via the registration button. Nationals will collect your submitted registrations and will forward them to RMCCDC organizers as they are collected.

There are no registration fees for the RMCCDC virtual qualifying competition. Once the top eight teams from the qualifying competition are determined, they will pay their RMCCDC team registration fee.

The virtual qualifying competition will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2024, and will be hosted by the CSSIA (MWCCDC organizer). There is no cost to register for the qualifying competition. The top 8 performing teams will advance to RMCCDC 2024. After qualifying for the RMCCDC, teams will need to register and pay the registration fee.

Please have the following information about each team member before beginning the registration process:

  • Resume (format: lastname_ firstname_university.pdf)
  • Name and Email
  • Shirt Size
  • Academic Major and Class Standing
  • Prior CCDC, Competition and/or CyberPatriot Experience

Sponsorship opportunities are available for our 2024 event.

Not only does your sponsorship of RMCCDC increase the visibility of your organization among an emerging talent pool, but we’ve also added a career fair and networking event so that our sponsors can make valuable connections with coaches and competitors.


The RMCCDC event follows the national rules as outlined in the National CCDC Rules.

Each team registered must bring a team representative to the competition. This representative must be, according to the CCDC rules: “a faculty or staff representative of the Blue Team’s host institution responsible for serving as a liaison between competition officials and the Blue Team’s institution.” The role of this person is to act as an intermediary between the team and competition officials and to handle emergencies that may occur outside the control of the competition organizers. Teams who do not have a team representative will not be permitted to participate in the competition. This individual, however, at no time will be permitted to enter their team’s competition event. If this happens, the team will be automatically disqualified.

Teams must compete without “outside assistance” from non-team members, including team representatives from the start of the competition to the end of the competition (including overnight hours for multi-day events). All private communications (calls, emails, chat, texting, directed emails, forum postings, conversations, requests for assistance, etc.) with non-team members, including team representatives, that would help the team gain an unfair advantage are not allowed and are grounds for disqualification and/or a penalty assigned to the appropriate team.

Teams are free to examine their own systems, but no offensive activity against any system outside the team's assigned network(s), including those of other CCDC teams, will be tolerated. Any team performing offensive activity against any system outside the team's assigned network(s) will be immediately disqualified from the competition.

All participants, including competitors, coaches, White Team, Red Team, Ops Team and Gold Team members, are expected to behave professionally at all times during all CCDC events, including preparation meetings, receptions, mixers, banquets, competitions and so on.

Activities such as swearing, consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs, disrespectful or unruly behavior, sexual harassment, improper physical contact, becoming argumentative, willful violence or willful physical damage have no place at the competition and will not be tolerated. This applies to all, teams, volunteers and coaches.

Team members must submit resumes with their registration. These resumes will be shared with the sponsors. If team members do not wish to share their resumes, they must formally opt out during registration. An example of a reason to opt out would be having a job already lined up after graduation.