Loyola Cyber Science to Host 4th Annual Cyber Challenge

Loyola Blakefield Cyber Science & Informatics students will host their 4th Annual LBC2 Cyber Competition virtually on Saturday, January 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Normally, the event is held on our campus with industry mentors on hand to help train and inspire new students who may never have considered cybersecurity or computer science as a career. However, our LBCSI students did not want to take a year off and felt strongly that the competition needed to continue virtually.

"The cyber attacks in 2020 have reminded us just how important it is to continue to build new competencies in our workforce," said Steve Morrill, Director of Loyola Blakefield Cyber Science. "For the past three years, LBC2, with the help of industry leaders, has helped introduce hundreds of students to the cybersecurity and computer science fields in a very low-pressure environment. All of the content, and the competition overall, is organized by high school students with a passion to share their knowledge and love of the subject."
Who can participate?

Since the competition is virtual this year, we are opening it up to all students around the world in grades 8–12. Learn more about the schedule, the structure of the competition, and what you will need to compete here. Additionally, our students will be hosting optional information sessions with a Q&A on January 9 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and January 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. You do not need to attend either sessions, nor do you have to stay for the entire time. Click here to attend the sessions.

What will students be doing?

The event is configured as a capture the flag (CTF) style competition. There will be two levels of competition: A beginner level that is designed to introduce students to cyber and a veteran level for students who have participated in CTFs before. Students can participate as an individual or in a team of up to four competitors. A laptop or desktop computer that can connect to the internet and run a modern web browser is the only requirement to participate.

How can you help?

  • Help spread the word about the event and encourage students to register.
  • Sponsor the prize pool either financially or via some type of giveaway (we are a 501c3 nonprofit).
  • Help support the operational costs of the day—the event is free to all participants.
  • Be a virtual mentor on the day of the event.
  • Record a message of encouragement for students and why cyber is a great field to get involved with that can be posted on the LBC2 website.
  • Contact Steve Morrill for more ways you can get involved.
Thank you in advance for your support of LBC2 2021.

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