ICL Competition

What is the ICL?

ICL is the first hyper-realistic cybersecurity tournament for university and college students. Students will log into a cyber range and will face real-world threats simulated in a cyber range.

Who can participate

Anyone enrolled in a bachelor’s or associate cybersecurity program at a higher education institution until at least November 30th, 2022. ICL is currently not open to master’s and Ph.D. students or to faculty members.

This is a team sport.Teams comprise 4 students from the same institution. Only one team is permitted per institution. For registration to be complete, each team member should be registered under the same team nickname and each team member must complete the registration form.

How to participate

Complete and submit the registration form. Registration is online only. When you register, we will ask you for your team’s nickname, so please make sure to talk to your teammates and choose one before you register!

Skills covered in ICL

Malware analysis, Windows OS, Linux OS skills, knowledge of security tools such as Splunk Enterprise Security, Palo Alto Firewall, and others.

What to expect after you register

Invitation to the opening ceremony

You will receive a Zoom link to the opening ceremony, and credentials for the Cyberbit platform. You will also receive a connectivity test link so you can check your connectivity before the opening ceremony and let us know if there are connection issues. In addition, you will receive instructions on how to book your timeslot for Round One of the ICL.

Opening ceremony

The ICL opening ceremony and orientation session will
take place on October 13th. We will introduce our trainers, demo the Cyberbit platform, and open the floor up to a Q&A session.

Calendar invite to Round One

Round One of ICL will take place between October 18th, 2022, and November 1st, 2022. You will have the opportunity to choose your preferred day or days within these 2 weeks where you will run your qualifiers labs. We will send you a calendar invite accordingly.

Round One

During the 2 weeks of Round One (October 18th, 2022 – November 1st, 2022) you will have access to the labs for 2 days, which you have scheduled in advance. During this time you will be expected to complete your round-one lab. Your team has a total of 4 labs to complete and you only need one hour to complete each one. The lab runs on one computer. You may complete your lab as an individual, or you can solve it together with your teammates by teaming up in the same room or by sharing your screen using your preferred screen share application. If your team runs the same lab several times, the first time will count for your team score. You will be scored based on performance, and quiz responses. Your total team score for Round One will be the average score of the 4 labs.

Calendar invite to Round Two

Follow the ICL leaderboard. If you are one of the top-20 teams to make it to Round Two, you will receive an invitation where you will be asked to book your time slot for the Finals,. On the Finals Round you will run a 3-hour live-fire team exercise.

Round Two

In the Finals Round, your team will participate in one live-fire team exercise of 3 hours. Exercises will run between November 6th, 2022, and November 13th, 2022 and you will have the opportunity to schedule your exercise in a convenient time during this week. This is a team exercise. Your team will face off against a simulated cyber attack scenario, immersed in an emulated security operations center (SOC). You will use commercial security tools to respond to the simulated attack. Teams will be scored based on their investigation goals, eradication goals, and time to response.

Join the global community of students who will
be participating in ICL

Participation is free.
Registration closed October 8th, 2022