HTP 22 Academic Village

Students meet and network with leaders from government and industry for a week of cybersecurity events and a comprehensive red on blue cyber exercise.

Thank you to our Academic Village Host University: 

Registration for the Hack The Port 22 Academic Village Cyber Exercise is now closed.

You can access other Academic Village challenges below by purchasing a Conference and Training Pass for Students.

Academic Village Challenges & Events

Rossum’s Robots – US Cyber Command Challenge Problem Prize Competition

Inspired by the play Rossum’s Universal Robots, this US Cyber Command Challenge is designed to find a solution for detecting signatureless anomaly detection for industrial control protocols. This challenge revolves completely around the study of packet capture (PCAP) for the purposes of developing a purely anomaly-based detection machine learning driven mechanism for detecting attacks in our industrial control physical cyber range network(s) which include all industrial control systems (ICS).

Zero Trust Challenge – I Got 1 million Trust Problems and the Adversary is Number 1

Interest in zero trust grew more than 230% in 2020 over 2019, according to Gartner. On May 12, 2020, President Biden released the Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity. The goal of this challenge is to develop an agile methodology that is easy to understand, communicate and implement. The methodology could also lean towards an approach that leverages a series of tools to rapidly conduct the assessment and derive the ranking of zero trust implementations using the platinum, gold and silver constructs and using the threat assessment and resilience of the assessed zero trust implementation. 

Azalea Power Co. Competition by Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Azalea Power Co. is experiencing the effects of a large-scale cyber-attack and needs a cyber incident response team to help them investigate. You and your team of cyber incident responders have been brought in to help the internal IT team as they identify the extent of the impacts to their IT network, corporate building management system (BMS), and power distribution system.

Cyber Skills Bootcamp & Training

There’s so much to discover when it comes to cybersecurity. Here are some of the topics you’ll have the opportunity to dive into with cyber leaders in industry, government, and academia: 

  • Firmware vulnerabilities
  • Control systems functions and cyber principals
  • Zero trust & 5G networks
  • The risks of automation and foreign technology
  • Review of maritime cyber policies
  • The inter connections of US critical infrastructure
  • The growth of cyber attacks against the maritime industry


This is your perfect place to meet and network with leaders in the technology and cyber workforce.

Academic Village

Hack the Port onsite & virtual Cyber Exercise

When attackers target critical infrastructure at maritime facilities it causes harm to businesses and infrastructure across the US. Build your student cyber team to participate in a comprehensive on site and virtual cyber exercise that will culminate in a red on blue cyber exercise event. 

$25,000 divided amongst winning teams.

We are at max capacity for the cyber exercise. You can access other Academic Village challenges below by purchasing a Conference and Training Pass for Students. 

Academic Village Cyber Exercise Playbook