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Competitions, Events and Outreach

Hone your skills with cybersecurity competitions and get involved in the exciting cyber community.

Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition (PCDC) 2023 April 15 - 17, 2023

PCDC is hosted by the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic in collaboration with the Lowcountry Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).

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LCE’s Hack Warz – April 15, 2023

For more information and to register, go to

This is a Capture-the-Flag event.

BSides Charleston – Nov. 18-19, 2022

BSides Charleston is an annual CyberSecurity Conference which is taking place on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at Folly Beach.

This event is a great opportunity to learn more about Cybersecurity and network with security professionals from around our area.

To find out more and purchase tickets, please check out

Bsides is also offering four free workshops, which will take place at the College of Charleston on Friday evening Nov. 18, 2022.

These workshops include: “Intro to Penetration Testing with Chris Traynor”, “DFIR First Responder Bootcamp with Zach Dayton” and more.

For more information about these workshops, please check out Pre-registration for the workshops is recommended.

Hack@SCHack – Saturday, November 5, 2022 – Held at Denmark Technical College, Denmark, SC

“Hack @ SChack” ’22 is an exciting hacking competition for SC Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Trident Technical College underrepresented minority students to hone their cyber security and computer science skills. The Hack@SChack Hackathon is a Capture-the-Flag event to stretch your security muscle and have FUN! Hack Warz® is a cyber-range testing and training environment consisting of a virtual environment that is used for cyber defense and offense testing and training.


2022 National Cybersecurity Virtual Career Fair

Friday, Sept. 16, 2022 9 a.m.-1 p.m. PDT

The National Cybersecurity Training and Education (NCyTE) Center and the Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cybersecurity Community are hosting the sixth annual National Cybersecurity Virtual Career Fair on September 16, 2022, from 9:00 am-1:00 pm PT.

As the CAE in Cybersecurity program continues to designate new CAEs, the number of students participating in the VCF grows each year. Last year, over 1100 students and alumni participated in the virtual career fair. Employers from industry, government, and academia will be present seeking top cyber talent from over 380 institutions designated as Centers of Academic Excellence in Research (CAER), Cyber Defense (CAE-CD), and Cyber Operations (CAE-CO), and institutions in the Candidate's Program (pending approval).

This event is open to students and alumni from institutions designated as Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity. Trident Technical College is designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity.

CAE students, alumni, and faculty, please follow this link to register.

Employers, please follow this link to register.

Brown Bag Workshop: Docker Containerization

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 noon-1 p.m.

This workshop will introduce attendees to Docker Containers. The first 24 individuals that RSVP will be able to participate in the hands-on activity. The attached flyer has information about the event.




DoD Cyber Scholarship Program (DoD CySP)

Dec 10 2021 – Jan 31, 2022

Because Trident Technical College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAEC), our students can participate and apply for the DoD CySP. You must have your application submitted by the end of January 2022. Please see the attached document for information and links on how to do this.

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Pathways to Cybersecurity Careers

Oct. 29, 2021, 6-7:30 p.m.

In observance of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we will host a 90-minute Webinar/Tech Talk 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28, to address and answer questions concerning Pathways to Cybersecurity Careers.

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The Chain Reaction - A Cyber Breach Experience

Nov. 5, 2021, 1-5 p.m. ET: Exercises for undergraduate students
Registration: Undergraduate Students Exercises
Registration Deadline: Oct. 22

Don’t miss a great hands-on opportunity for students and faculty members in the Southeast CAE Region in collaboration with Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI).

The Chain Reaction - A Cyber Breach Experience allows students and faculty to experience a live environment response to a common cyber threat. The objectives of the exercise are as follows:

  • Expose students and faculty to executive level decision making and communication processes during and after a cyber-incident.
  • Introduce students to the executive level best practices necessary to prepare and release internal and external communications during and after a cyber-incident.
  • Immerse students in a collaborative problem-solving environment as members of the executive team and potentially interact with external entities such as law enforcement or business partners.

CyberSec Game - Saturday, July 31, 2021 (10 a.m.-noon)

On campus meeting - Bldg. 920, Rm. 404

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 Girls Day Out - July 26-31, 2021

Engaging middle and high school girls in STEM careers

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Think TEC Lowcountry Tech Talk Series: The Evolution of Cyberwarfare - July 15, 2021

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8th Annual Palmetto Cyber Defense Competitions (PCDC) April 17-19, 2021

Saturday – High Schools Competition and Hack Warz
Sunday – Universities/Colleges Competition
Monday – Professional Competition
PCDC is sponsored by: AFCEA Low Country Chapter, Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic, and Trident Technical College

Pathways to Technology Careers for Women – April 20, 2021

We wanted to share this EventBrite link for a “Pathways to Technology Careers for Women” outreach panel set for Tuesday, April 20 (7:30 p.m. Central). It’s open to anyone.

This is an outreach event to encourage females to consider career pathways in the IT industry. Many women have never considered careers in IT, yet the US Bureau of Labor Statistic predicts a 12% growth in the field from 2018 -2028. COVID-19 has further heightened the need for IT skilled workers and as demand for remote working and learning grows, growth in IT will follow. As many individuals struggle with job loss, providing short-term training programs can offset the unemployment gap and restore dislocated workers with jobs of the future. The panelists will discuss their current positions and how they embarked on their career pathways and obstacles they overcame along the way. Sponsored by Microsoft and Big Bend Community College.

International Girls in ICT Day – April 22 2021

Game-changing Robot Tech & Artificial Intelligence to Combat Human Trafficking
You still have time to register! Cisco is supporting International Girls in ICT Day on 22 April 2021 with a special edition of Women Rock-IT broadcasts. During this 1-hour virtual event, you'll meet two inspirational female speakers and receive a virtual gift bag.

Register now:

Cyber Awareness Video Contest
Jan. 25-March 12

Create a three-minute video related to cybersecurity. First, second and third place winners will receive monetary awards. 

Cyber Awareness Video Contest flyer

2020 CHSWIT Mentor of the Month Meeting #3 Jessica Brewer

Nov. 4, noon-1 p.m.

The Art of Negotiation

Register at

To see the entire line-up, visit

2020 CHSWIT Mentor of the Month Meeting #2 Tonya Davis

Oct. 14, noon-1 p.m.

Defining and Refining Your Education Goals

Register at

To see the entire line-up, visit

Check out this Cyber Carnival - October is CyberSecurity Awareness Month!

Sinclair Community College, a CAE-CD partner, has a “Cyber Carnival.” All students are encouraged to try it out and have some fun with it!  Online admission is free.

Training Drills – Oh’ SNAP!
Sept. 15, 4-5:30 p.m. ET

Free Training Drills – Networking and Programming

CentOS Workshop Series – SSH (4 of 4)

Training Drills Flyer

2020 CAE Virtual Cybersecurity Career Fair
Sept. 4, noon-4 p.m. ET

Welcome to the Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cybersecurity Community Virtual Career Fair, sponsored by the National Cybersecurity Training and Education (NCyTE) Center and the National Science Foundation.

This is an excellent opportunity for current students, recent grads and alumni to interface with potential employers. There will be internship, part-time and full-time opportunities at this event. Candidates must provide a resume during registration (the sooner, the better). Employers will begin reviewing resumes early before the event.

Don’t have a resume? TTC can assist you.

Job seekers should register here.

Please forward any additional questions to:

Jane Cothran, CAE POC
Cybersecurity Instructor
Trident Technical College


Terry Richburg
Director, Network Systems Management and Cybersecurity
Trident Technical College

The Challenge of That First Job in Cybersecurity Webinar
Entry Level Roles and How to Qualify - June 17, 2020, 2-3 p.m. EDT

Many of you tried to register and could not because the event was oversold. This is one of the best one-hour webinars for people trying to get that first job in cybersecurity or just get a job. If you were not able to attend, or you wish to listen again, a recording of the webinar can be found here. The slides used during the presentation can be found here


Girls Go CyberStart 1/13/2020 – 4/24/2020

Whether you’re already a white-hat hacker in training or you’ve never touched a keyboard before, you can take part in Girls Go CyberStart. You’ll test your natural creativity, problem solving ability, and curiosity by taking on the role of a security agent to crack codes and stop cyber criminals in their tracks. We have over 200 challenges for you to tackle either on your own or in a team with friends. Work your way through a vast online training game to learn new skills and compete for cash prizes!

Contact information: Girls Go CyberStart (GGCS)

National Cyber League (NCL)

Spring season registration opens Feb. 10, 2020. Trident Technical College participates in the NCL annually. The NCL is a defensive and offensive puzzle-based, capture-the-flag style cybersecurity competition. Its virtual training ground helps high school and college students prepare and test themselves against cybersecurity challenges that they will likely face in the workforce.

What you need to know about National Cyber League

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NSA Codebreaker Challenge 11/26/2019 – 12/9/2020

The NSA Codebreaker Challenge provides students with a hands-on opportunity to develop their reverse-engineering/low-level code analysis skills while working on a realistic problem set centered around the NSA's mission.

You must register with your Trident Tech email account. Once registered, a confirmation email will be sent and you must respond. If you do not see it, check your junk/spam folder. Read the challenge and check out the resources.  Good luck!

BSides Charleston

Nov. 8-9, 2019

A Free Cyber Security Conference located at College of Charleston - Beatty Center. A combination of students, professionals, geeks and tinkerers gather to discuss information security, hear awesome talks, and bring security into our everyday lives. 

Updates and Registration: 


Mobile Device Forensics Demonstration and Metadata Activities

July 17, 2019, 10-11 a.m. 
Thornley Campus, Bldg. 920/Rm. 503

For more information, email Chad Evangelista- AITP Chapter President at

Mobile Device Forensics Workshop

June 29, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon

The Mobile Device Forensics Workshop will be held at the Thornley Campus in Bldg. 920/Rm. 404. The presenter is Walter K. Browning, CEH CHFI Sec+, faculty in Network Systems Management.

For more information, email Chad Evangelista- AITP Chapter President or



Trident Technical College participates in CyberPatriot annually. CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six-hour period. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money. 

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