MACCDC 2015 Scenario Summary

The 10th MACCDC scenario involves supporting information systems and defending against cyber attacks within a mass transportation IT operation.

The ten teams advancing to the regional finals inherit a commuter rail system’s IT infrastructure and are responsible for defending and maintaining the system for the duration of the competition.

The Hackistan Army of Liberation (HAL) is directing their aggression toward the state of Maryland for supporting the 2013 election in Hackistan (MACCDC 2013) and because of HAL’s inability to cause a disruption during the 2014 March Blizzard (MACCDC 2014).

HAL has posted public information threatening US citizens and has vowed digital and physical revenge unless their demand for no further US support and interference with their country’s affairs is met. HAL possesses highly effective cyber attack capabilities, and there is highly confident intelligence that HAL is targeting regional commuter rail control networks and information systems. Intelligence indicates that HAL intends to use their cyber attack as a means of making the statement that US governmental organizations are ineffective and cannot be trusted.

Blue teams will be deployed to regional commuter rail network operation centers to defend against HAL and provide operational services throughout the threat time frame.


Competition Schedule

Wednesday, March 30

7:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Competition Setup Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Mid-Atlantic CCDC Symposium that was originally scheduled for this day has been canceled.

Thursday, March 31

7:00 AM to 11:00 PM – Competition Setup

7:30 AM to 8:45 AM – Blue Team Registration (Kossiakoff Center Lobby)

7:30 AM to 8:45 AM – Sponsor Setup

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM – Opening Briefing (Kossiakoff Center Auditorium) Keynote Speaker – Admiral Patrick M. Walsh, USN, Ret. Senior Vice President, iSIGHT Partners

10:15 AM to 11:15 AM – Blue team Pre-competition Prep (Blue Team Competition Area)

11:15 AM to 12:30 PM – Lunch (On Your Own)

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM – Sponsors’ Briefings (Kossiakoff Center Auditorium)

1:30 PM to 3:30 PM – Job Fair (Kossiakoff Center Mezzanine)

Friday, April 1

7:00 AM to 7:30 AM – Volunteer Check-In & Briefing (Kossiakoff Center Lobby)

7:30 AM to 8:15 AM – Blue Team Check-In (Kossiakoff Center Lobby)

8:30 AM to 8:50 AM – Morning Briefing (Kossiakoff Center Auditorium)

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Competition Day 1 (Kossiakoff Center)

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Lunch (On Your Own)

5:30 PM to 6:00 PM – Day 1 Debrief (Kossiakoff Center Auditorium)

Saturday, April 2

7:00 AM to 7:30 AM – Volunteer Check-In & Briefing (Kossiakoff Center Lobby)

7:30 AM to 8:15 AM – Blue Team Check-In (Kossiakoff Center Lobby)

8:30 AM to 8:50 AM – Morning Briefing (Kossiakoff Center Auditorium)

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM – Competition Day 2 (Kossiakoff Center)

9:00 AM to 9:30 PM – K-12 Cybersecurity Fair and Expo Registration (Kossiakoff Center Lobby)

9:30 AM to 1:00 PM – K-12 Cybersecurity Fair and Expo (Kossiakoff Center)

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Lunch (On Your Own)

3:00 PM – Competition Day 2 Ends

3:15 PM to 4:30 PM – Competition Breakdown (Kossiakoff Center)

5:30 PM to 7:30 PM – Awards Ceremony and Debrief (Kossiakoff Center Auditorium)

2016 Qualifying Round Teams

Anne Arundel Community College, MD

Bloomsburg University, PA

Bowie State, MD

Capitol Technology University, MD

Catawba Valley Community College, NC

College of Southern Maryland, MD

County College of Morris, NJ

Delaware Technical Community College, DE

East Carolina University, NC

George Mason University, VA

Harford Community College, MD

James Madison University, VA

Liberty University, VA

Marshall University, WV

McDaniel College, MD

Millersville University, PA

Montgomery College, MD

Norfolk State University, VA

North Carolina State University, NC

Northern Virginia Community College, VA

Penn State University, PA

Prince George’s Community College, MD

Radford University, VA

Saint Vincent College, PA

Towson University, MD

University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), MD

University of Maryland (College Park), MD

West Virginia University, WV

Wilmington University, DE


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Johns Hopkins University
Applied Physics Laboratory
Kossiakoff Center
11100 Johns Hopkins Road
Laurel, Maryland 20723-6005


March 5–7, 2015

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