The University of Maryland University College cyber security competition team is a powerful force, dominating in cyber security games around the world. The team, the UMUC Cyber Padawans, is composed of students, alumni, and faculty, and team members study in a variety of cyber security and IT programs at UMUC. UMUC's cyber security degrees and certificates ready our cyber team for battle. Our programs are delivered by experienced faculty and designed by industry experts. To prepare for competitions, students detect and combat cyber attacks in the university's Virtual Security Lab and work through case studies in an online classroom.

Cyber Padawans Win NCAC Silver Award

The UMUC Cyber Padawans earned a Silver Award for their entry in the 2016 National Cyber Analyst Challenge (NCAC), qualifying to compete in the finals for a $25,000 award.

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Why study cyber security anywhere else?

Real-World Experience and Networking Opportunities

The Cyber Padawans compete in forensics, penetration testing, and computer network defense, gaining experiences that help advance their cyber security careers by building in-demand skills, learning collaboratively with cyber security students and faculty, and networking with employers.

Jean Costello Student Alum Cyber Security

I wanted to work with really bright people who have a passion for cyber security like me—and I wanted to have some fun while doing it. I decided [the Cyber Padawans] are the best of the best—and I wanted to get to know those people.

Jean Costello

Cybersecurity Management and Policy Bachelor's Degree

The UMUC Cyber Padawans' Titles

The UMUC Cyber Padawans have a successful record of wins.

  • Silver Award | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | National Cyber Analyst Challenge | 2016
  • 1st place | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | Cyber DiploHack | 2015
  • 1st place | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | Global Cyberlympics | 2014
  • 1st place | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | North American Cyberlympics | 2014
  • 1st place | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | Maryland Cyber Challenge | 2014
  • 1st place, Worldwide Overall Undergraduate Division | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center Digital Forensics Challenge | 2013
  • 1st place, Collegiate and Pro Divisions | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | Maryland Cyber Challenge | 2013
  • 2nd place | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | Global Cyberlympics | 2012
  • 1st place | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | North American Cyberlympics | 2012
  • 1st place | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | Maryland Digital Forensics Investigation Challenge | 2012