Twenty teams (12 college and 8 high school) competed for prizes and bragging rights in the 2019 Palmetto Digital Forensics Competition held on April 13th at Trident Technical College in North Charleston, SC. Scoring of the ‘capture-the-flag’ event was tallied shortly after 3pm and winners took to the stage. Congratulations to the competitors and 2019 PDFC winners from the following school teams! College Division – 1st Place: CU Cyber Dream Team, Clemson University (Weston Belk,…
The purpose of the Palmetto Digital Forensics Competition is to challenge individuals in the field of digital forensics in a condensed competitive competition. One of the primary focal points of the competition is to generate interest in digital forensics with critical thinking, research, and exploration in the use of new tools.
- Gain as many points as possible by completing as many scenario exercises as possible.
- Be the first team to successfully complete all of the provided challenges before the competition ends.
- HAVE FUN!
The Palmetto Digital Forensics Competition is designed to encourage high school and college students in South Carolina and beyond to engage in the field of cyber by competing in a highly innovative, challenging and exciting digital forensics competition.
Don't miss this unique opportunity!
Join the competition in one of three locations: Laurel, MD, North Charleston, SC or Norfolk, VA and innovate new solutions in the field of digital forensics
*** Notice: the MD and VA locations have been cancelled for 2019 and will be revisited for 2020 ***
This year’s Palmetto Digital Forensics Competition supports two separate divisions, High School and College/Universities, which has been the norm for the previous years. The competition will however expand to include Virginia and Maryland high schools and college/universities with South Carolina. Those wishing to compete in the aforementioned states will get to participate in their respective state hosting location. Locations for this years competition are Trident Technical College in North Charleston, SC, Capitol Technical University in Laurel, MD, and Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA.
Both divisions will tackle scenario-based exercises grouped into four progressive levels of difficulty ranging from 100, 200, 300, 400 and 500. Most of the 100-level exercises can be easily solved by conducting limited research and the use of free digital forensic tools. Exercises in the 200-300 range will require more in-depth knowledge, research, concepts, methods, and tools as well as applying critical thinking skills. The 400-level exercises are the most difficult and will require extensive knowledge and expertise in order to identify the correct flag based on the provided exercise artifacts. This may involve development of new digital forensic methodologies, techniques, scripts, and processes leading to the discovery of a unique flag. Flags may vary based on the provided challenge scenario that can result in identifying a specific hash value, timestamp, encoded answer, or a word/phrase.
NEW in this year’s competition is the 500-level challenge group. Although there only a few challenges in this category, competitors will need to develop a tool that will solve a unique gap area. Those tackling these challenges, solution with a detailed user guide. These challenges are different than the 100 through 400 level challenges hosted in the CTF platform since teams can work on these solutions by developing a tool over the course of several weeks.
Competitors will have up to seven hours to complete as many forensic scenarios as possible. At the end of the competition, the winner from each division will be determined based on the total number of points accumulated from each correctly solved challenge. A Grand Champion across all states, will be awarded for each division as well as winners from each state.
Capitol Technology University
11301 Springfield Rd, Laurel, MD 20708
Trident Technical College
7000 Rivers Ave, North Charleston, SC 29406
Norfolk State University
700 Park Ave, Norfolk, VA 23504
Don't miss this unique opportunity!
Join the digital forensics competition locally in South Carolina!
Bring your registration email/QR code, check-in and receive a PDFC t-shirt. You must register individually (each person on team) for a competition seat. Note: open seats for PDFC are assigned to walk-up & pre-registered registrants (first-come-first-serve basis) at 08:00.
High School and College Divisions begin the competition. Teams in each division will compete for 1st Place and Runner-Up prizes.
All remaining open seats for PDFC are assigned to walk-up & pre-registered registrants (first-come-first-serve). Competitors receive a PDFC t-shirt (sizes are first-come-first-serve).
Box lunch sandwiches with cheese, romaine lettuce and sliced tomatoes (Honey Ham & Swiss | Smoked Turkey, Bacon & American | Roasted Vegetable Wrap)
Take a snack break grab cookies and visit the popcorn machine!
Number of participants is limited!
Register your team to compete in North Charleston, SC
Latest PDFC News
Happy Friday and Happy Spring! Time for a PDFC registration update! We are 3 weeks away from the 2019 Palmetto Digital Forensics Competition and pre-registrations for our Trident Technical College location here in North Charleston, SC have been flooding in. Our registration is almost full. We will be closing the online pre-registration early at 17:00 on March 29, 2019. The College Division is already full with a wait list. The High School Division is close…
A letter from the Director: To our Maryland and Virginia competitors, I am sorry to inform you that we will be cancelling our event at the following venues: Capitol Technology University in Laurel, MD and Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA effective 3/13/2019. The 2019 Palmetto Digital Forensics Competition will still be held at the Trident Technical College in North Charleston, SC on April 13th, 2019. We invite those who have registered or planned to…
Questions or Suggestions?
Send us your questions and/or suggestions related to the Palmetto Digital Forensics Competition 2019. Please be sure to read the PDFC Rules page as it will answer many of your ‘how-to-play’ questions.
Thank you for your interest in this exciting digital forensics competition and we look forward to seeing you in Maryland, South Carolina and Virginia!
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