About the Competition

The seventh annual Loyola Blakefield Cyber Challenge is an exciting event for all participants, new and experienced. It will take place on March 23, 2024 between 9am and 3pm, with awards given out at the end. The competition is created by students at Loyola Blakefield High School for students across the nation. Participants will be tasked with solving challenges on a wide variety of topics, all pertinent to real-life cyber threats prevalent in today’s society. Whether this is your first introduction into the world of cyber security, or you’ve mastered many skills in the field, this competition is open to you.

“Some of our students were feeling pretty intimidated at the beginning of the day, and by the end they had gained a lot of confidence and had a lot of fun largely due to help and encouragement from the yellow shirts” – Faculty Member

The challenge is designed to both teach and test competitors’ abilities to think outside the box when handling cyber threats and solving cryptographic puzzles. Loyola student staff will provide assistance and ensure the contest runs fluently. If you’ve ever been interested in or curious about cybersecurity, LBC2 is an excellent opportunity to try it out. The competition is open to all students in grades 8 through 12 at no cost! The only hardware requirement is a computer or laptop capable of wirelessly accessing the internet.

The IoT (Internet of Things) City is making a comeback this year, consisting of six separate Capture the Flag style challenges with an IoT twist. Ranging in difficulty from Intro to Advanced, the challenges will test competitor’s knowledge of both basic cybersecurity and IoT elements. The Internet of Things is an idea of how different appliances, or things, connect and communicate with eachother. This can include your home security camera, phone, and even your toaster! This year, we will be featuring a series of IOT-themed challenges revolving around common industrial “things”, such as Traffic Lights, Billboards, and Water Supplies.

Sponsored Challenge: CyDrive, a new solution to the world of untrustworthy cloud storage developed by CyLogic, allows for an innovative way to keep information protected by using cryptography and decentralization. Learn more at CyDrive.com. This year, LBC2 will be hosting a CyDrive based challenge during the operating system defense portion of the event. It is highly recommended to attend one of the webinars that explains this in depth:

Team leads will receive an invite link via email to attend.

REQUIREMENTS:

Beginner: If you are competing in the Beginner group, all you need is a computer with an internet connection
I’ve Done CTFs before (Advanced): Kali Linux tools and more will be needed to solve certain challenges.

Sign up to compete here!
Sign up for the parent track here!

Check out photos from our last competition!

Loyola Blakefield CSI

The Loyola Blakefield Cyber Science Initiative (LBCSI) is a student-run group directed by Steve Morrill, Director of Technology & Cyber Science at Loyola Blakefield. The vision for this competition is to bring new opportunities to all students in the country, in addition to connecting the business world with a diverse talent pool. LBCSI has become the international leader in Cyber education for students in middle and high school. Learn more here

Contact Us

Head of LBCSI – Steve Morrill

Support Staff – lbc2staff@gmail.com

LBC2 Logo Design: Henry Craig (hecraig2024@loyolablakefield.org)

Product Development Leads: Henry Craig (hecraig2024@loyolablakefield.org) and Ryan Wachter (rcwachter2026@loyolablakefield.org)

Our Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring LBC2, please contact Steve Morrill.