Competition Team

Want to learn cybersecurity? Want to compete and show off the skills you learn? Want to WIN?

Then join our team! We need smart girls that enjoy learning about cybersecurity.

We are competing in different competitions throughout the year.

We'll teach you everything you need to know to be a cyber pro, not just compete.

Competition Teams

CGA currently organizes two competition teams: CyberPatriot and Capture the Flag (CTF). If you are interested in joining either, please contact


CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Washington, DC for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.

  • We start practicing in the Summer months.
  • Location for practice and qualification: Maryland, DC, or Virginia
  • Snacks will be provided.
  • Bring your laptop if you have one.
  • Deadline to register for this competition: Registration is closed


Capture the Flag (CTF)

CTFs are a kind of cybersecurity competitions, and they are offered for adult professionals, college students, and high school students. They are a great way to learn about cybersecurity concepts while having fun! Most CTFs for high schoolers are “Jeopardy style” events that present a series of questions for teams to answer in such categories as cryptography, forensics, web applications, and reverse engineering. CGA is starting a CTF team in Fall 2018 to compete in competitions as they arise throughout the year.

One such competition the team plans to participate in is picoCTF. picoCTF is a computer security game targeted at middle and high school students. The game consists of a series of challenges centered around a unique storyline where participants must reverse engineer, break, hack, decrypt, or do whatever it takes to solve the challenge. The challenges are all set up with the intent of being hacked, making it an excellent, legal way to get hands-on experience. (Website:

Other Competitions

Here is a list of other competitions that CGA does not have immediate plans to create a team for, but may be of interest to young women.


HSCTF is a national online hacking competition designed to educate high schoolers in computer science.



In support of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) initiative, MITRE will be hosting a national Capture the Flag (CTF) Competition. The virtual event gives high school and college students the opportunity to compete against their peers in cyber security challenges. Teams of four will work together to solve problems in steganography, software exploitation, computer forensics, cryptography, and networking.


Maryland Cyber Challenge

The annual Maryland Cyber Challenge was developed to encourage young Marylanders to enroll in IT and computer science courses and pursue careers in Maryland's cybersecurity workforce. The team competition includes three levels: high school, college and professional. Monetary award prizes are provided to support students on winning teams as they pursue STEM studies at undergraduate institutions.



eCYBERMISSION is for students! The student's role is to choose a Mission Challenge and complete a Mission Folder. Specifically, students are expected to:

  1. Create or join a team with other students in their grade, and self-register on the site
  2. Choose a Team Advisor and have them register on the site
  3. Pick a Mission Challenge to research, test and solve
  4. Communicate using chat, Instant Messaging and Discussion Forums with CyberGuides and other students
  5. Complete and submit the Mission Folder by the submission deadline


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