Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CCDC Event?

The Cyber Defence simulation competition is designed as an event-anchored learning model that brings students, educators, and IT industry professionals together in a collaborative environment that fosters advancements in practices, technologies, and business solutions. The simulation offers an interactive, scenario-based event made up of a series of exercises that help participating individuals develop some of the key IT foundation skills such as networks, servers, and security along with the soft skills of customer service, professional ethics, and communications. The system is designed for students to give them hands-on training in working with network technologies and system images in a real-time manner. The technology can be designed for individual one-on-one training – or set up for teams of students to compete in a time-based simulated game environment. Students are awarded points based on the number of vulnerabilities and network issues they are able to remediate. The hands-on emulation and technology has proven to be an integral component of the program and is seen as a catalyst for effectively engaging students in the classroom. Due to the competitive nature of the program, the program attracts attention and increases the students’ awareness and interest in the fields of IT and security.

What is the CCDC organization?

We (CCDC) are a Canadian not-for-profit organization that is entirely operated and managed by a volunteer team of senior ICT professionals and education volunteers who have contributed their talents, experience, and passion to a bold initiative aimed at increasing Canadian youth interest in the challenging and ever-evolving industry of ICT technology. Our vision is that each and every student in the school system has the appropriate knowledge required to make empowered decisions regarding the safe use of information technology (IT) and security. We want to raise awareness of the education and training opportunities that are available for any student that has the desire to expand and explore their knowledge via post-secondary education and career choices. Our mission is to foster communication between academia and the information technology industry. This is done by: Working with the IT security industry in the creation of standards for learning, which will enable high quality IT security education to be delivered anytime and anywhere learners require. Disseminating the latest IT security best practices to students and industry. Providing real world hands-on training in an educational learning environment by bringing together technology, instructors, students and vendors.

When did this all start?

The first Canadian Cyber Defence Challenge (CCDC) began in 2011 as a pilot program consisting of eight teams from Louis Riel Arts and Technology Centre, Sisler High School, Tec Voc, and Garden Valley High School from Winkler, Manitoba. In the spring of 2012, two Manitoba high school teams were invited to attend the Cyber Patriot games in the United States, which is a competition created by the Air Force Association (AFA). Both participating Manitoba teams performed exceptionally well and finished (unofficially) second and fourth out of the top 24 American regional winners they competed against. Since then, the CCDC has successfully delivered three challenge event competitions and several hands-on workshops to over 300 students while experiencing a growing interest amongst Manitoba schools and divisions to engage. The 2017 challenge will be the largest competition event to-date. It will

When and where is this event being held?

The CCDC is collaborating with ISACA Winnipeg as part of the Western Canada Information Security Conference (WCISC). The cyber defence challenge event will take place in the same venue and will be run at the same time. Conference attendees will be able to observe the event. The event will be held on May 16, 2017. This will be CCDC's largest challenge event with close to 200 students from over 10 high schools within Manitoba as well as high schools from outside the province. This event will be the first of its kind in Canada. Schools can register for this event by contacting the CCDC. Registration is open until April 20, 2017.

How will the teams get prepared for the Challenge?

The CCDC will be hosting a series of workshops for students and teachers leading up to the challenge event in May. Schools that register with the CCDC will be eligible for the training. They can expect to receive an invitation to workshops along with a training program/outline on how to effectively prepare for the challenge event.

How does the Challenge work?

The CCDC challenge event is a four to six-hour competition, where student work teams of four to five identify and develop proactive solutions to problems they encounter on the simulated CCDC network environment. As a team, they defend and protect their fictitious organization against simulated security breaches while learning to work together to achieve results and score points. The teams score point by locating vulnerabilities (targets), mitigating the risks, and protecting their network domain. Throughout the competition, the teams will document their findings and then summarize their results in the form of a brief 7-minute presentation which they will deliver to a panel of judges who act as the executive management for the fictitious organization.

Key learning objectives of the CCDC challenge event:

  • Problem solving, using basic network administration tools and creativity
  • How to work together as a team to solve problems
  • How to effectively communicate a course of action to different stakeholders and map progress towards goals.

Why does this approach work?

The CCDC model is a multi-faceted learning process that is designed around the concepts of event-anchored learning. Event-anchored learning environments bring students, educators, and IT industry professionals together in a collaborative environment that fosters advancements in practices, technologies, and business solutions. They offer interactive, scenario-based events or exercises that help participating individuals develop some of the key IT foundation skills such as networks, servers, and security along with the soft skills of customer service, professional ethics, and communications. Due to the competitive nature of the programs, they easily attract attention and increase the students’ awareness and interest in the fields of IT.

How are expenses for the event covered?

There is a registration fee ($150 CDN) for each team. The CCDC is grateful for the support of the corporate community which supports the costs of the event through sponsorship and donations (value-in-kind).

Who is the Challenge’s committee?

The CCDC committee is a not-for-profit organization staffed entirely by volunteers who receive no remuneration for the efforts. This year’s committee, listed in alphabetical order, is comprised of:

  • Kerry Augustine
  • Jared Bater
  • Kiley Bender
  • Marny Barnes
  • Angela Carfrae
  • Randy Dutka
  • Travis Friesen
  • Greg Kiesman
  • Ray Laramee
  • Adriano Magnifico
  • Tyler Magee
  • Zdenek Ondracek
  • Barb Spurway
  • Oleksiy Vasylyuk

How do I become a sponsor?

Complete sponsorship application form available at http://cyberdefencechallenge.ca/sponsorship.htm and email it to info@cyberdefencechallenge.ca

How can I get my school involved?

Register your school’s team(s) by completing the online registration on this site.

How do I get more information about the event?

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