How We Began

PCDC was created by a few leaders of the Information Assurance branch of SPAWAR to help students better understand the challenges of the IT field. PCDC is here on the principle of helping students develop their computer technical skills in networking and cyber-security for exciting careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)!


PCDC can be found on Facebook and Twitter! We will be constantly updating our social network pages so make sure to follow us on them! You can also use the Contact page above and fill out the form if you have any questions.


Several documents are available for download. Please make sure you acquire the documents you need and submit them! You can find all the documents you need in the Documents link above!

Registration for the 2017 Palmetto Digital Forensics Competition has begun!

The Palmetto Digital Forensics Competition is a CTF event for Highschool students and Collegiate/Pro to participate in!

The event will take place during PCDC at the Trident Technical College at 8AM on April 8, 2017. For more information please check out our Highschool Q&A and our Collegiate/Pro Q&A!

If you are interested in participating please register here: Highschool Student / Collegiate/Pro

Overview of PCDC 2017

The Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition PCDC is a three-day Cyber Defense Competition that is held by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic in collaboration with the South Carolina Lowcountry Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA). PCDC 2017 will be held 8-10 April 2017. The PCDC is an event for the promotion of Cyber Security education and awareness. This competition is intended to energize local high schools and colleges to invigorate focused curriculum development for the type of technical skills that are needed in today’s fast paced and challenging cyber environment.

The High School competition will be held on Saturday, 8 April. The Collegiate competition will be held on Sunday, 9 April. New this year is Pro Day, which will be held on Monday, 10 April that will include DoD and Corporate teams with embedded college students.

South Carolina High Schools are eligible to compete in PCDC by qualifying. Schools may qualify by finishing in the top three at the previous year's competition or by finishing in the top five in the state for the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. Once, qualified, mentors are assigned to the schools to help them prepare for the competition. The CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created by the Air Force Association to inspire high school students toward careers in c​ybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. More information about CyberPatriot can be found here.

Students from each school will comprise "Blue Teams" responsible for operating a small network while protecting the infrastructure from "Red Team" (hacker) attacks. Blue Teams will be scored for accomplishing administrative and business tasks while maintaining network/service availability (such as mail, database and web servers) as well as their ability to detect and respond to threats. Students must be able to configure and protect their network. Blue Teams must also be able to respond to business requests such as the addition or removal of services, and balance security needs against business needs.

Each school will be allowed a team of up to 6 student participants to compete against other South Carolina teams. Students must have computer networking and security configuration skills to participate. SPAWAR will provide each school with mentors and advisors that will help answer questions as the team prepares for the competition. Blue Team Packages including schedules, rules, and other important details, will be provided to assist teams and schools in preparing for the competition. Meals and T-shirts will be provided to all participants, and the top three teams will receive trophies.

Competitions will be an all day event followed by awards presentations and a networking opportunity where representatives of local technology companies and SPAWAR Leadership.

School Line-Up

We would like to welcome the following schools to PCDC 2017!

High Schools
  • Palmetto Scholars Academy - North Charleston
  • Porter Gaud - Charleston
  • Stratford - Goose Creek
  • Blyethwood
  • Wando - Mount Pleasant
  • South Aiken
  • Home School Network
  • Ashley Ridge - Summerville
  • Clemson
  • University of South Carolina
  • The Citadel
  • Trident Technical College
  • Claflin University
  • ECPI University
  • Charleston Southern University
  • College of Charleston