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A unique competition that builds knowledge, careers, and reputations

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A Competition Unlike Any Other

Within a fun and competitive environment, MITRE’s eCTF develops practical skills for securing critical embedded systems, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), smart grids, and medical devices. As it includes design, build, and attack components, our approach balances offense and defense with an innovative program you won’t find in standard attack-only CTFs.

A Valuable Course Students Will Enjoy

With artifacts and deliverables universities can use as course assignments, this eCTF doubles as real-world experience in an attractive setting for students. Participants gain extra exposure within academia and the security industry.

“I had no security experience prior to this competition. The learning curve was HUGE and I LOVED that! I was forced to learn so much. I loved doing the research, designing and implementing the secure system, and reviewing and attacking other teams’ designs. 
It was a blast!

Former eCTF Competitor

Education Beyond Textbooks

Develop real-world problem-solving skills with direct experience in project management, cybersecurity, cryptography, and embedded systems. eCTF is an opportunity to learn hard and soft skills often not taught in classroom environments.

Participating Universities

MITRE’s eCTF competition has consistently grown since the 2016 pilot competition with four universities. Now, more than 30 teams compete annually. The eCTF network of past participants includes hundreds of students from 49 schools, including:


  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cornell University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Florida
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • University of Massachusetts – Amherst
  • Morgan State University
  • Northeastern University
  • University of Nebraska
  • Ohio State University
  • Texas A&M
  • Tufts University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Register Your Team

Many schools offer the eCTF as a for-credit course, often as a special topic, seminar, or independent study. We strongly recommend this route as it helps students commit time for the competition and recognizes and awards students for their efforts. See or contact us at for more information about offering the course for credit.

At the time of team registration you do not need to know your full roster. We release an individual registration form in December that all team members complete.

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