About Mid-Atlantic CCDC

About the Competition

MACCDC takes great pride in being one of the premier events of this type in the United States.

The 2020 Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (MACCDC) – presented by Raytheon and run by the National CyberWatch Center – is in its fifteenth year of providing a unique experience for college and university students to test their cybersecurity knowledge and skills in a competitive environment. In 2019, more than 300 students competed for an opportunity to be one of eight teams to advance to the regional finals. The regional finals are open for the public to attend and will again be held at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, on April 2-4, 2020. The winner of the MACCDC will represent the Mid-Atlantic region at the National CCDC, April 16-18, 2020.

Red vs. Blue

Blue Team

The Blue Team is the institution competitive teams consisting of students competing in a CCDC event.

Defending a network from attackers is one of the most critical skills needed in IT today. If you’re still in school, you can’t miss an opportunity to improve your cybersecurity skills by defending real networks from real hackers. The CCDC challenges you and your team to consider the legal, ethical, forensic, technical, and business aspects of both defending and maintaining the integrity of business systems, in real time.

Red Team

The Red Team is responsible for conducting offensive operations against the defending teams.

Members of the Red Team are traditionally professional penetration testers or students of offensive network warfare. Red Team members can work individually or in small teams. In some cases, teams are formed dynamically as individual players band together to collectively attack a target. Red Team players are scored on their ability to compromise systems and gain execute privileges, corrupt or capture flags, and complete tasks on time.

Team Objectives


Build a meaningful mechanism by which institutions of higher education may evaluate their programs


Provide an educational venue in which students are able to apply the theory and skills they have learned in their course work


Foster a spirit of teamwork, ethical behavior, and effective communication both within and across teams


Foster a dialog and awareness among participating institutions and students


The following terms are used throughout the competition:

Gold Team

Competition officials who organize, run, and manage the competition

White Team

Competition officials who observe team performance in their competition area and evaluate team performance and rule compliance

Red Team

Penetration testing professionals simulating external hackers attempting to gain unauthorized access to competition teams’ systems

Black Team

Competition support members who provide technical support, pick up and deliver communications, and provide overall administrative support to the competition

Blue Team

The institution competitive teams consisting of students competing in a CCDC event

Team Captain

A student member of the Blue Team identified as the primary liaison between the Blue Team and the White Team

Team Co-Captain

A student member of the Blue Team identified as the secondary or backup liaison between the Blue Team and the White Team, should the Team Captain be unavailable (i.e., not in the competition room)

Team Representatives

A faculty or staff representative of the Blue Team’s host institution responsible for serving as a liaison between competition officials and the Blue Team’s institution

Why Get Involved with MACCDC?

Students who compete in MACCDC will, no doubt, come away with information security skills way beyond those of the average IT specialist. The CCDC is also a great way to bolster your resume by:

  • Bringing attention to your qualifications and experiences
  • Networking with representatives from leading corporations and federal agencies
  • Gaining hands-on experience hardening network assets against live, constant threats
  • Attending featured keynote speeches by industry leaders