Student Competitions

Pace students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of cybersecurity competitions.

Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NECCDC)

Seidenberg students regularly compete at the NECCDC, in which their abilities to work in teams to operate, secure, manage, and maintain a corporate network are tested. The competition is designed around a realistic scenario, so students get to test their skills in a close simulation of real world experience. Competing against peer institutions provides the same sense of urgency that can occur in real cybersecurity emergencies, such as data breaches and hacks.

NCL is a biannual cybersecurity competition for college students. The competition consists of a series of challenges for students to demonstrate their ability to identify system attackers based on forensic data, to break into vulnerable websites, to recover from ransomware attack, and more. Through NCL, students have an opportunity to develop their skills, obtain scouting reports of their performance for hiring purposes, and become part of a community of like-minded people.

Hack the Box is gamified hands-on training experience and platform, helping students build their hacking skills. It has hundred of challenges and games of varying difficulty levels designed to help users gain proficiency and improve their technique.


Professional Organizations
  • ISACA: a non-profit organization that provides a centralized source of information and guidance in the field of auditing controls for computer systems. The Co-Pls are ISACA members, and we frequently invite experts from ISACA to deliver talks on information technology auditing.
  • InfraGard: a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the private sector, a non-profit organization that promotes information sharing and analysis effort serving the interests and combining the knowledge base of its members.
  • Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP): a non-profit foundation that works to improve the security of software.
  • The High Technology Crime Association (HTCIA): a non-profit organization that aims to encourage, promote, aid, and effect the voluntary interchange of data, information, experience, ideas, and knowledge about methods, processes, and techniques relating to investigations and security in advanced technologies among its members.