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 2018 National Cyber Analyst Challenge (NCAC), qualifying to compete in the finals for a $20,000 award.

Real-World Experience and Networking Opportunities

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

Apply to Join the Padawans

The Cyber Padawans have a tryout process for new members. If you are a UMUC student and you are interested in joining the Padawans, e-mail padawans@umuc.edu or jesse.varsalone@umuc.edu. You will receive instructions on how to access and participate in the tryout.

The UMUC Cyber Padawans' Awards

The UMUC Cyber Padawans have a successful record of wins.

  • Silver Award | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | National Cyber Analyst Challenge | 2018
  • 1st Place | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | Parsons Cyber CTF | 2018
  • 3rd place | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | MAGIC, Inc. CTF | 2017
  • 3rd place | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | Parsons Cyber CTF | 2017
  • 2nd place | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | HackEd Halloween Hackathon | 2017
  • Judges Choice Award | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | Eastern Regional CPTC | 2017
  • 3rd place | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | Parsons Cyber CTF | 2017
  • 2nd place | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | White Hat Academy CTF | 2017
  • 2nd and 3rd place | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | White Hat Academy CTF | 2017
  • 1st Place | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | Symantec CTF at B-Sides DC | 2016
  • Silver Award | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | National Cyber Analyst Challenge | 2016
  • 1st place | UMUC Cyber Padawans competition team | Rapid7 Hacker Games | 2015
  • 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