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Challenge Development Guidelines for Cybersecurity Competitions

Technical Report
This paper draws on the SEI’s experience to provide general-purpose guidelines and best practices for developing effective cybersecurity challenges.
Publisher

Software Engineering Institute

CMU/SEI Report Number
CMU/SEI-2022-TR-005
DOI (Digital Object Identifier)
10.1184/R1/19597357

Abstract

Cybersecurity competitions provide a way for participants to learn and develop hands-on technical skills, and they serve to identify and reward talented cybersecurity practitioners. They also form part of a larger, multifaceted effort for ensuring the nation has a highly skilled cybersecurity workforce to secure its critical infrastructure systems and to defend against cyber attacks. To help support these efforts of cultivating the skills of cybersecurity practitioners and of building a workforce to safeguard the nation, this paper draws on the Software Engineering Institute’s (SEI) experience developing cybersecurity challenges for the President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition and provides general-purpose guidelines and best practices for developing effective cybersecurity challenges.

Cite This Technical Report

Booz, J., Arora, L., Vessella, J., Kaar, M., Allen, D., & Hammerstein, J. (2022, October 27). Challenge Development Guidelines for Cybersecurity Competitions. (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2022-TR-005). Retrieved June 16, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/19597357.

@techreport{booz_2022,
author={Booz, Jarrett and Arora, Leena and Vessella, Joseph and Kaar, Matt and Allen, Dennis and Hammerstein, Josh},
title={Challenge Development Guidelines for Cybersecurity Competitions},
month={Oct},
year={2022},
number={CMU/SEI-2022-TR-005},
howpublished={Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library},
url={https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/19597357},
note={Accessed: 2024-Jun-16}
}

Booz, Jarrett, Leena Arora, Joseph Vessella, Matt Kaar, Dennis Allen, and Josh Hammerstein. "Challenge Development Guidelines for Cybersecurity Competitions." (CMU/SEI-2022-TR-005). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, October 27, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/19597357.

J. Booz, L. Arora, J. Vessella, M. Kaar, D. Allen, and J. Hammerstein, "Challenge Development Guidelines for Cybersecurity Competitions," Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, Technical Report CMU/SEI-2022-TR-005, 27-Oct-2022 [Online]. Available: https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/19597357. [Accessed: 16-Jun-2024].

Booz, Jarrett, Leena Arora, Joseph Vessella, Matt Kaar, Dennis Allen, and Josh Hammerstein. "Challenge Development Guidelines for Cybersecurity Competitions." (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2022-TR-005). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library, Software Engineering Institute, 27 Oct. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/19597357. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Booz, Jarrett; Arora, Leena; Vessella, Joseph; Kaar, Matt; Allen, Dennis; & Hammerstein, Josh. Challenge Development Guidelines for Cybersecurity Competitions. CMU/SEI-2022-TR-005. Software Engineering Institute. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/19597357