Welcome to the UMBC Cyber Dawgs’ homepage. We are a group of UMBC students who share a common interest in computer and network security.
Cyber Defense Exercise (CDE), October 22nd 2022
There are a few things you can do to get involved with the club.
President: Daniel Williams (dwillia2 @ umbc.edu)
Vice President: Ben Nordmann (nordman1 @ umbc.edu)
Treasurer: Carter Gerhardt (carterg2 @ umbc.edu)
Secretary: Michal Magidson (michalm1 @ umbc.edu)
Chief Historical Officer: Sophia Hamer (chamer1 @ umbc.edu)
Technical Director: Richard Baldwin (rangemaster @ umbc.edu)
We hold general meetings once a week. No prior experience is required to attend our meetings. We encourage anyone who wants to learn more about cyber security and how to start learning new skills in the field to come to our meetings.
What to expect from a meeting:
Our meetings vary in subject material week to week. If you have specific topics you would like to learn more about please email our club secretary. If you would like to present a talk or teach a new skill please email our club president.
If you’re new, no worries, you can still come; talk to us to see to what extent you might need to catch yourself up. Security’s nowhere near as hard as people say, so don’t be scared away :)
This fall we will go in depth in similar topics to past years, previous topics include reverse engineering and exploitation. See our calendar below for details.
Along with our normal club meetings, we also provide great opportunities for individuals who are interested in learning about and participating in cyber related competitions. Here’s what we’re doing:
We host a CTF (Capture the Flag) event at UMBC every year: DawgCTF. It is accessible to beginners, but entertaining for all.
We are running our 6th Annual Cyber Defense Exercise (CDE) in Fall of 2022. CDE is a miniature version of our biggest competition for the year CCDC. It is open to all UMBC undergrads and is a great opportunity to learn more about network security and Cyber Security competitions. If you’re interested in joining our CCDC team, we strongly recommend participating so you can get a taste of the competition and show us where you may fit in. Mark your calendars!!
Competing in the following competitions:
However, if these are all going to come to fruition, we need your help to make it happen! We have a myriad of tasks and projects that will need to be done over the next year, so stay tuned…
National CCDC 2021: 7th place
Mid Atlantic CCDC 2021: 1st place, advanced to national CCDC
ISTS 2021: 4th place
National CCDC 2020: 5th place
Mid Atlantic CCDC 2020: 1st place, advanced to national CCDC
SANS NetWars Tournament of Champions 2020: First Timers 1st Place
DoE Cyberforce 2019: National 1st Place
Boston Marathon: Qualifier and Finisher
Mid Atlantic CCDC 2019: 5th Place
ISTS 17 (2019): 1st Place
DoE Cyberforce 2018: Brookhaven 1st place, 12th overall
CSAW Finals 2018: 10th place in US-Canada, 27th overall
CSAW Quals 2018: 10th place (undergrad, North America), 37th overall, qualified for North American finals
MACCDC 2018: 2nd Place
CSAW Finals 2017: 7th place in North America, 11th overall
CSAW Quals 2017: 9th place (undergrad, North America), 46th overall, qualified for North American finals
National CCDC 2017: 1st place
Mid Atlantic CCDC 2017: 1st place, advanced to national CCDC
CSAW 2016: 16th (undergrad, North America)
Mid Atlantic CCDC 2016: 4th place
MDC3 2015: 1st place
National CCDC 2015: 4th place
Mid Atlantic CCDC 2015: 1st place, advanced to national CCDC
Past club members: if we’re missing anything, please contact our secretary!
The majority of our week to week announcements are done via our mailing list. These announcements include upcoming events, weekly meeting information, and cybersecurity related information.
To join our mailing list please send an email to
umbccd-group+subscribe @ umbc.edu As a rule we only accept umbc.edu email addresses. If you do not have a umbc.edu email and would like to join, please contact our secretary.
In Fall 2018, our advisor set up a class that runs concurrently with our meetings. If you are in this class or want to know more about it, take a look at the course website here: https://www.csee.umbc.edu/courses/undergraduate/CMSC491activeCyber/