Previous President's Cup Coverage
2021 President’s Cup:
The third annual President’s Cup ran from August 2021 to December 2021. The Team Competition consisted of challenges drawn from the following eight in-demand NICE Framework work roles: Cyber Defense Incident Responder, Cyber Defense Forensics Analyst, Cyber Defense Infrastructure Support Specialist, Cyber Defense Analyst, Exploitation Analyst, Vulnerability Analyst, Software Developer and Threat/Warning Analyst. There were two tracks available within the Individuals competition. Individuals could participate in one or both tracks based on their interest. There were nearly 2,000 federal employees competing in the 2021 President’s Cup Competition, with over 900 of those taking part in the individuals tracks. The number of teams has increased each year of the competition, with 308 teams total in 2021. The Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Justice brought the largest number of competitors, while there was representation from at least 15 federal government agencies. The cumulative score over the two days determined the winning team. The second day of the teams competition was broadcast live and the video is available below.
Watch the 2021 President’s Cup Final Competition
List of 2021 President's Cup Finals Winners Coming Soon!
2020 President's Cup:
The second annual President's Cup Cybersecurity Competition ran from August 2020 to February 2021. The competition was split into a teams track and two individual tracks, one focused on incident response and forensic analysis and the other focused on vulnerability exploitation analysis. Over 1,400 participants and nearly 250 teams competed in the 2020 competition. Held virtually, the finals featured the top 10 competitors from each individual track and the top five teams. In the Finals, the teams competed in two rounds held on separate days. During the first day of Finals, teams were matched against a variety of challenges in a Capture the Flag format. On the second day, teams faced a "Save the World" scenario in a virtual environment built just for this year's competition. The cumulative score over the two days determined the winning team. The second day of the teams competition was broadcast live and the video is available below.
Watch the 2020 President's Cup Final Competition
CISA announces the Winners of the 2020 President's Cup
Watch interviews with the competitors and CISA team behind the event
2019 President's Cup:
The first annual President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition ran from September to December 13, 2019 and drew more than 1,000 individuals and 200 teams. After two Qualifying rounds, 10 individual finalists and five team finalists came to the Washington, D.C. area for the final round at the CISA Cybersecurity Lab.
The five teams were given a series of challenges to solve on the first day, followed by a virtual escape room on the second day, with the winner determined by a combined score from the two days. The winning team consisted of Major Josh Rykowski, U.S. Army Cyber Command; Chief Warrant Officer Phillip Smith, U.S. Army 781st Military Intelligence Brigade; Chief Warrant Officer Benjamin Koontz, U.S. Army, Defense Information Systems Agency; Sergeant First Class Zachary McElroy, U.S. Army Cyber Protection Brigade; and Staff Sergeant Matthew Cundari, U.S. Army Cyber Protection Brigade.
Individuals were given ten challenges to solve over an eight-hour period, testing different technical and security skills. Sears Schulz, a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy, finished first in the individual competition, solving four challenges. Cadet Schulz is a senior at the Academy and hopes to attend graduate school to study cybersecurity.