A unique competition that builds knowledge, careers, and reputations
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.
Beyond the Classroom
Students confront an array of obstacles that require building skillsets across various cybersecurity disciplines ranging from basic to expert-level. Access to firmware (and MITRE professionals) guides participants in seeking solutions within an environment that is both encouraging and challenging.
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!”
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.
Workforce Development in Action
The MITRE of eCTF helps fill critical workforce gaps by providing an environment where student competitors engage with both designing and attacking secure systems. Since it’s inception, the competition has grown exponentially and quite a few former competitors have found a home at MITRE! Check out our panel discussion with five former ECTF competitors, Ben, Maretta, Sam, Jake, and Patrick below!
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 https://ectf.mitre.org/team-advisors/ or contact us at email@example.com 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.