Regis to Host Second Virtual Collegiate Cybersecurity Competition

13 teams to compete in event that simulates a business cyberattack


Regis University will host its second virtual Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (RMCCDC) qualifying competition this Saturday, Feb. 26.

Thirteen teams from the four-state Rocky Mountain Region will test their cybersecurity skills, knowledge, and abilities. The top eight teams will compete in the 12th annual RMCCDC finals on March 25 and 26.

The finalists will work remotely as a replacement security operations team at a fictitious company that is under attack by an adversary called the Red Team. RMCCDC specifically focuses on the operational aspect of managing and protecting an existing “commercial” network infrastructure. The competition provides all competing universities a chance to test the strength of their curriculum while competing students find out how they do against long odds and intense pressure.

Many employers are searching for future cyber security, network and systems engineers.  There are approximately 600,000 vacant cybersecurity positions in the U.S., with approximately 23,000 in Colorado, mostly in the Denver and Boulder areas. 

“This competition, along with other outreach efforts by Regis University’s Anderson College of Business and Computing, is an attempt to help fill the massive demands for cybersecurity professionals,” said Bob Bowles, director of the Center for Information Assurance Studies at Regis.

Regis offers a B.S. and M.S. degrees and graduate certificate in cybersecurity online and on-campus.

“Every year, our student teams compete using a business scenario the organizers concoct. We have approximately 60 volunteers that unselfishly sacrifice their time to enable these students a path into cybersecurity careers,” Bowles said.  “Many of these students will be protecting organizations, businesses, educational institutions, and our great nation against the ever-increasing battle against cyber threats and attacks.”


The 13 competing teams are:

Regis University, Denver

Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO

Brigham Young University, Salt Lake City, UT

Ensign College of Utah (formerly LDS College), Salt Lake City, UT

Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.

Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs, CO

Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood, CO

Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT

University of Colorado- Colorado Springs

U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO

University of Colorado-Denver

University of Kansas, Lawrence KS

Utah Valley University, Orem UT


Established in 1877, Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit Catholic tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. Regis University, one of 27 Jesuit universities in the nation, has three campus locations in the Denver metro area and extensive online program offerings with more than 8,000 enrolled students. For more information, visit