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By Ariana Tantilloshare:

Brookhaven Lab to Host Teams Participating in DOE's CyberForce Competition

EVENT: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will hold its fourth collegiate CyberForce Competition at Argonne, Brookhaven, Idaho, Lawrence Berkeley, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia National Laboratories. Seventy teams will participate in this nationwide competition. Students will compete to defend a simulated energy infrastructure from cyberattacks launched by cybersecurity professionals while maintaining service for their customers (played by volunteers). One national winner and winners from each of the seven laboratory sites will be announced. 

Brookhaven Lab will host teams from five universities and colleges: Columbia University, New York University, Suffolk County Community College, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

WHEN: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018
10:00 a.m. – opening remarks (live streamed across all locations)
11:00 a.m. – competition starts
7:00 p.m. – competition ends
8:00 p.m. – local awards ceremony

WHERE: Berkner Hall (Building 488) at Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1.5 miles north of Exit 68 (William Floyd Parkway) on the Long Island Expressway.

DETAILS: The annual CyberForce Competition is designed to provide hands-on cyber education for college students and professionals in industry and government, increase awareness of the critical infrastructure and cybersecurity nexus, and improve basic understanding of cybersecurity within a real-world scenario.

At the event, students will work from laptops to maintain the security and usability of the cyber infrastructure for a hypothetical oil discovery, exploration, and transportation company. Information technology administrators will help the students set up their infrastructure, and volunteers will perform functions of typical system end users. Throughout the day, teams will be presented with network anomalies that they must distinguish from malicious network behavior. A panel of chief information security officers will judge the creativity and innovation of the teams’ defense strategies.

The CyberForce Competition is co-funded by DOE’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response; Office of Electricity; Office of Science; Office of the Chief Information Officer; and National Nuclear Security Administration. Corporate sponsors include the Federal Training Partnership and Microsoft Azure Government.

More information about the event can be found on the CyberForce Competition website.

Media interested in attending should RSVP to Ariana Tantillo,, (631) 344-2347.

Brookhaven National Laboratory is supported by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy. The Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit  

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