Western Regional Directors, Alex Keller & Kerrie Lu:
Global CPTC Directors Mailing List:

Global Info

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The Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC) focuses on training and evaluating the activities teams are likely to perform during a real-world penetration testing engagement.

At its heart, CPTC is a bit different from several other collegiate Cybersecurity competitions. Instead of defending your network, searching for flags, or claiming ownership of systems, CPTC focuses on mimicking the activities performed during a real-world penetration testing engagement conducted by companies, professional services firms, and internal security departments around the world.

Western Regional Sponsors

Gold Sponsors:
Palo Alto Networks whitespace IOActive
Silver Sponsor:

Western Regional Event Details & Schedule

Location: Stanford University, Science & Engineering Quad
Free Visitor Parking: Via Ortega Garage, 498 Vía Ortega, Stanford, CA (Google Map:


8am - CPTC opening ceremonies
8:25am - Teams sent to rooms
8:30am - Competition begins
4:30pm - Competition ends, teams to clean rooms
4:45pm - End of day debrief with the RAKMS Team
5pm - Teams released to write their report
Midnight - Written reports are due

Sunday 11/12/2023 - DAY 2 CLOSING CEREMONIES / SHRIRAM BLDG ROOMS 104 & 108

10am - Brunch mixer
11am - Speakers
Noon - Competition debrief and Q&A
1pm - Awards
1:30pm - Competition weekend ends


Competing Teams

Oregon State University
California State University, Chico
Stanford University
Southern Methodist University
City College of San Francisco
University of Nevada, Reno
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Central Missouri
University of Colorado Boulder
San Francisco State University

Special Thanks

Stanford School of Engineering:
Global CPTC:

Previous Years

CPTC Western Regional 2022:
CPTC Western Regional 2021:
CPTC Western Regional 2020:
CPTC Western Regional 2019:
CPTC Western Regional 2018:

CPTC West 2022