WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will host its 2019 CyberForce Competition on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 10 DOE National Laboratories across America. The event will unite 105 college and university teams to compete against each other and defend a simulated cyber-physical infrastructure from professionally executed cyberattacks. This year, DOE is also hosting a CyberForce Professional Pilot to coincide with the collegiate competition.

The collegiate competition will take place at ten National Labs, with Argonne National Laboratory serving as the host. The professional pilot will be hosted exclusively at Argonne National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. DOE will announce a national winner as well as winners for each laboratory site at the end of the competition.

DOE’s CyberForce Competition is unique in that it asks participants to defend a realistic cyber-physical infrastructure, which includes simulated industrial control system components, real-world anomalies and constraints, and interaction with “users” of the energy system. The 2019 scenarios present teams with the challenge of not only defending one of four pieces of an energy system – an energy company’s solar generation facility, electric substation, data center, or manufacturing plant – but communicating with the other three infrastructures to monitor and maintain the integrity of the system as a whole.

Additional teams will be hosted at Brookhaven National Laboratory (Upton, NY), Idaho National Laboratory (Idaho Falls, ID), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, CA), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, CA), National Energy Technology Laboratory (Morgantown, WV), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Lakewood, CO), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, WA), and Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM).

More information on the CyberForce Competition can be found at  https://cyberforcecompetition.com/. Please email doenews@hq.doe.gov for additional questions.


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