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CyberForce Competition

Each year, student teams from the University of Idaho Department of Computer Science participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s CyberForce Competition.

The competition gives students hands-on cyber education and awareness into the critical infrastructure and cyber security nexus and a basic understanding of cybersecurity within a real-world scenario.

Students are given a cybersecurity scenario and are split into teams with specific tasks aimed toward:

  • Usability - Teams must balance the added security of the system with usability of the system. Teams are scored based on include a user’s ability to continue normal work operations.
  • Defending Critical Infrastructure - A cyber-physical device is provided to give students real-world understanding of implications for defending cyber infrastructure.
  • Innovative Defenses - Teams are scored for unique defense ideas within real-world constraints, such as no budget.
  • Energy Focus - Previous scenarios have focused on power distributors and water and power delivery systems.

Save the Date

The next CyberForce Competition will be held Nov. 15-16, 2019.

Interested in participating? Email faculty advisor Daniel Conte de Leon at

Competition Results

December 2018

Third in the Northwest, Ninth overall

Hosted by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the competition included building and defending a simulated oil transportation network, power delivery system and high performance computing system from cyber-attacks by hackers, all while maintaining service for customers.

April 2018

Second in the Northwest

Teams were tasked with defending a production, transmission and distribution company from cyber attacks, to review, update and patch systems to secure the company’s user supply and marketing portal, and to avoid any loss in network availability.

The 2018 U of I CyberForce Competition team poses for a photo
2018 U of I CyberForce Competition team

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Computer Science

Physical Address:
Janssen Engineering Building 236

Mailing Address:

Computer Science
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1010
Moscow, ID 83844-1010

Phone: 208-885-6592

Fax: 208-885-9052


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