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2021 Scenario: Global Pandemic


Over the past 16 years, the MACCDC has innovated, developed, and sought to create an original experience for not only the student teams, but all participants. Introducing themes that imitate the world around us adds a dimension of realism and fun, while at the same time, highlighting real life issues: free and secure elections, natural disasters, even Nerf gun fights 🙂 While 2020 was fraught with many challenges that were considered for the 2021 MACCDC scenario, the COVID-19 global pandemic seems obvious.

The National Emergency Response Division (N.E.R.D.) is a data science-focused group within the Big Time Health Organization (BTHO), a multinational entity headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. N.E.R.D. employees have been exceptionally busy dealing with the global health pandemic. As such, they have had to not only shift to work from home, but also expand the number of employees to support the inordinate amounts of data that is flooding each of its eight geographic locations throughout the U.S. Protecting the integrity of the data is critical, but when the data affects the delivery of health services to the public, the job of N.E.R.D. becomes even more mission critical.

The student teams will stand on the front lines of technology, alongside various healthcare providers. The main task at hand will be to ensure that pandemic-related data from state departments of health are accurate and delivered quickly. Information on outbreak locations, promising interventions, efficacy of testing, mortality rates, and other related statistics are critical so physicians, public health officials, and government entities can make informed decisions about resource allocations. Loss or inaccurate information can lead to tragic consequences. Vigilance is a must – be smart, be strong, be safe.


Qualifying Round: Sat. Feb. 27:

11:00am – 5:00pm:
Virtual Stadium

Regional Finals: Thr. Apr. 1:

12:00 – 1:00pm:
Welcome and Sponsors’ Briefings to Teams

1:00 – 3:30pm:
Job Fair (Virtual Breakout Rooms)

Regional Finals: Fri. & Sat. Apr. 2-3:

7:30 – 8:30am:
Blue Team Check-Ins

8:30 – 8:50am:
Opening Competition Briefings

9:00am – 5:00pm:
Competition Day 1 & 2 (Virtual Stadium)

11:00am – 1:00pm:
C-Level Executive Meetings

Day 1 & 2 Competition Ends

Day 1 Debrief

Day 2 Debrief, Awards Ceremony


Virtual Qualifying Round
Feb. 27

Virtual Regional Finals
Apr. 1-3

2020 Regional Finals Team Packet
2021 MACCDC Regional Brochure Cover

“Such experiential education increases the knowledge and expertise of future professionals who may be in a position to contribute to the secure design and operation of critical information and its supporting infrastructure.”
from Exploring a National Cyber Security Exercise for Colleges and Universities, Lance J. Hoffman and Daniel Ragsdale, 2004

Virtual Qualifying Round

Qualifying Round Teams
  1. Bowie State University, MD
  2. Capitol Technology University, MD
  3. Christopher Newport University, VA
  4. Community College of Baltimore County, MD
  5. East Carolina University, NC
  6. George Mason University, VA
  7. James Madison University, VA
  8. Liberty University, VA
  9. Marshall University, WV
  10. Millersville University, PA
  11. Northern Virginia Community College, VA
  12. Old Dominion University, VA
  13. Rutgers University, NJ
  14. Saint Vincent College, PA
  15. The Penn State University, PA
  16. The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, VA
  17. Towson University, MD
  18. University of Maryland Baltimore County, MD (2 teams)
  19. University of Maryland College Park, MD
  20. University of Maryland Global Campus, MD
  21. University of Pittsburgh, PA
  22. University of Virginia, VA (2 teams)
  23. West Virginia University, WV
Qualifying Round Final Standings
  1. George Mason University
  2. University of Maryland Baltimore County (Team 1)
  3. Liberty University
  4. University of Pittsburgh
  5. Old Dominion University
  6. Millersville University
  7. Northern Virginia Community College
  8. Capitol Technology University

Regional Finals

Regional Finals Teams (Alphabetical Order)
  1. Capitol Technology University
  2. George Mason University
  3. Liberty University
  4. Millersville University
  5. Northern Virginia Community College
  6. Old Dominion University
  7. University of Maryland Baltimore County
  8. University of Pittsburgh
Regional Finals Team Standings
  1. University of Maryland Baltimore County
  2. George Mason University
  3. Liberty University
  4. Millersville University
  5. Capitol Technology University
  6. University of Pittsburgh
  7. Old Dominion University
  8. Northern Virginia Community College

Volunteer Information

The MACCDC is looking for volunteers with demonstrated expertise in the following areas: system/network administration, firewalls, policy, Help Desk, virtual machines, and various Information Security-related expertise (e.g., Cryptography, Vulnerability Management, Security Engineering). Requirements for volunteering include:

  • 4 hours (contiguous) on one or both competition days; of course, you can participate longer if you’d like
  • Reliable Internet connectivity
  • Use Zoom, WebEx/other telcon. solution. Video not required
  • Follow directions
  • Flexibility
  • Good judgment
  • Discretion