ECTF Participants:
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.

Beyond the Classroom

Nurturing Skills

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.

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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.

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!

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 80 schools:


  1. Air Force Institute of Technology
  2. AJ College of Science and Technology
  3. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University
  4. Baldwin Wallace University
  5. BASIS Chandler
  6. Carnegie Mellon University
  7. Center I (Albemarle County Public Schools)
  8. Clarendon High School
  9. Clemson University
  10. Delaware Area Career Center
  11. Eastern Florida State College
  12. Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School
  13. Farmington High School
  14. Florida Atlantic University
  15. Florida International University
  16. Georgia Institute of Technology
  17. Hanze University of Applied Sciences
  18. Harmony Science Academy
  19. Huntsville City Schools Cyber Academy
  20. Indian Institute of Technology Madras
  21. Indiana Institute of Technology
  22. Independent School District 196
  23. Johns Hopkins University
  24. Kilgore College
  25. Lakota East High School
  26. Louisiana State University
  27. Marriotts Ridge High School
  28. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  29. Michigan State University
  30. Morgan State University
  31. Mount Saint Dominic Academy
  32. New Century Technology High School
  33. New York University
  34. Norfolk State University
  35. North Carolina State University
  36. Northern Virginia Community College
  37. Nova Southeastern University
  38. Parkway Spark!
  39. Penn State Abington
  40. Purdue University
  41. River Hill High School
  42. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  43. Searcy High School
  44. Singapore Management University
  45. Springfield-Clark County CTC
  46. SRM Institute of Science and Technology
  47. Symbiosis Institute of Technology
  48. Texas A&M University
  49. Thadomal Shahani Engineering College
  50. The Harker School
  51. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
  52. Tufts University
  53. United States Military Academy
  54. University at Buffalo
  55. University of Alabama in Huntsville
  56. University of Arizona
  57. University of California Irvine
  58. University of California Santa Cruz
  59. University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
  60. University of Connecticut
  61. University of Dayton
  62. University of Edinburgh
  63. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  64. University of Maryland College Park
  65. University of Massachusetts Amherst
  66. University of New Hampshire
  67. University of New Haven
  68. University of North Dakota
  69. University of Texas at Arlington
  70. University of Texas at Dallas
  71. University of Washington
  72. University of Wyoming
  73. US Air Force Academy
  74. Virginia State University
  75. Virginia Tech
  76. Wellington High School
  77. West Virginia University
  78. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  79. Xavier University
  80. Zambia University College of Technology

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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