Missouri Cybersecurity Challenge

Missouri Cybersecurity Challenge

Experts predict there will be a global shortage of 1.8 million cybersecurity professionals by the year 2022. To do our part to address the cybersecurity talent shortage, we have once again partnered with the Missouri Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (MCCOE) to develop the Missouri High School Cybersecurity Challenge.

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Whether or not you’re interested in having students compete, interested schools can still take full advantage of the educational resources for your students. All of the material is presented to be used in either a traditional or a virtual classroom.

The lessons learned will include networking, programming and operating system security. Teams consist of three high school students and one adult sponsor. Participation is free to any school that is a MOREnet member. If you aren’t sure if you’re a member, email us at [email protected] and we’ll check for you!

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Tentative Timeline

November 18 Sessions at the MOREnet Virtual Conference to showcase the tools and contest, followed by round table discussions with cybersecurity experts in higher education. Learn more and register!
Week of November 30 First Missouri Capture the Flag event as an introduction to the platform and event.
December and January A series of capture the flag events and curriculum for teachers and students.
Week of January 18 Preliminary rounds take place.
January 25 Finalists announced.
February 1-19 Top 10 teams granted access to the Cybersecurity Range.
February 22 Challenge launched in new Cybersecurity Range.
March Top five schools granted access for five months to the Cybersecurity Range for education and training.


We are currently working with sponsors to secure prizes for the top teams.

Take the Challenge

Register your team. Registration closes on Jan. 11, 2021. More than one team from each school may participate.

Other Cybersecurity Opportunities

Take advantage of these Capture the Flag competitions from Cyber.org to teach your students general knowledge and cybersecurity skills.

The above events aren’t part of the Missouri competition, but are a great way to implement cybersecurity curriculum into your classrooms.

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Email Andy, our program manager, for questions about the contest.

Email Kathy, a member of our Cybersecurity Operations Team, for specific cybersecurity questions.

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Missouri Cyber Security Challenge sponsors.