DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge 2012

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Maryland Challenge

Maryland has become, as Governor Martin O’Malley puts it, “the National Epicenter” of Cyber Security. To honor Maryland’s stature as a hub for digital forensics innovation, training, and recruitment, the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) announces the DC3 Digital Forensics Maryland Challenge (DC3 Maryland Challenge) as part of the global DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge (DC3 Challenge). Participants residing in Maryland are eligible to receive a special recognition at the close of 2012 in addition to their general DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge prize eligibility.

As part of the DC3 Challenge, it is the goal of the Maryland Challenge to serve as a call to the digital forensics community to cultivate new cyber professionals and pioneer new investigative tools, techniques, and methodologies. In the 2011 DC3 Challenge, Maryland hosted the second highest number of teams amongst the entire United States. Impressed by the numbers, The DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge team decided to up the ante and showcase the enthusiasm and hard work of the Maryland participants.

The winning team of the Maryland Champion category will receive a plaque and will be recognized at the 1st Annual Maryland Digital Forensics (MD DFI) Conference and Challenge! This event is hosted by CyberWatch, Prince George's Community College, and the Local Advisory Council for Career and Technical Education of Prince George's County and will take place on Thursday 29 November 0800-1700 at Prince George's Community College in Largo, MD. This event contains a full day of briefings from senior leaders and cyber professionals.

In addition, PGCC & CyberWatch are inviting Maryland High Schools, Community Colleges, and 4 year institutions to participate in the DC3 Cyber Crime Case Challenge at the MD DFI Conference. Academic teams of up to 4 members have 20 minutes to work their way through an investigation, from processing a crime scene to testifying in court. The winners will be bused the following day (30 Nov) to the Pentagon for briefings by senior DoD Cyber leaders.

Register here: www.mddfi.org

Eligibility

The DC3 Maryland Digital Forensics Challenge is open to all individuals physically residing in Maryland at the time of submission (NOT registration). Proof that the individual resides in Maryland will be required from winners in order to receieve recognition and any prizes. Residency can be validated by providing DC3 with one of the following:

High School Students:

  • A school transcript showing attendance in a Maryland public school (copy or formal document), AND
  • A copy of a valid Maryland driver's license or identification card with the participant's name, indicating a physical address in Maryland, AND
  • The Permission to Participate form completed by a parent or legal guardian if under the age of 18.

Undergrad and graduate students:

  • A college transcript showing attendance in Maryland during the time of the Challenge (copy or formal document), AND
  • A copy of a valid Maryland driver's license or identification card with the participant's name.

Active Duty US Military:

  • US Military orders with a duty station located in Maryland during the time of the Challenge, AND
  • A copy of a valid US Military ID with the participant's name.

All others

  • A copy of a utility bill with the individual’s name and a valid Maryland street address showing residence in Maryland during the time of the Challenge, AND
  • A copy of a valid Maryland driver's license or identification card with the participant's name, indicating a physical address in Maryland.