National Info

CPTC National Website:
Team Signup:

The Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC) provides a venue for top cybersecurity student teams to discover, triage, and mitigate critical security vulnerabilities. This competition focuses on improving the security posture of a fictitious organization and reporting on risks in a manner that is similar to a real professional engagement. For 2018, the following scenario has been built:

Founded in 2017, Wheelz is the world’s premier autonomous transportation network. Our vehicles are designed to get you to your destination in an affordable, safe, and comfortable manner. We believe that the safest drivers on the road are artificial – unable to be distracted and programmed to handle whatever situations may arise on the open road. Given our commitment to safety and security, we are conducting a set of penetration tests in 2018 to validate our information systems, applications, and vehicle technologies.

The top teams from the Western/Central/Eastern Regional Competitions will advance to the CPTC National Finals hosted at the Rochester Institute of Technology, November 2-4, 2018.

Competing Teams

California State University, Chico
California State University, Fullerton
Cal Poly Pomona
City College of San Francisco
National University
Stanford University
University of California, Davis

Regional Sponsors

Western Regional Event Details

Date: October 6th & 7th, 2018

Location Saturday October 6th:
    Huang Engineering Building, Basement Foyer
    475 Via Ortega, Stanford, CA 94305

Location Sunday October 7th:
    Shriram Building, Room 104
    443 Via Ortega, Stanford, CA 94305

Google Maps:

Getting to Stanford:

Visitor Parking (free on weekends):
    Via Ortega Garage (Parking Structure 2)
    285 Panama St, Stanford, CA 94305 (

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Saturday, October 6th, 2018

8:00 am - Teams arrive on site
8:15 am - Welcome from National CPTC - Introduction from the Wheelz team
8:45 am - Teams to rooms
9:00 am - Competition begins
6:00 pm - Competition ends
6:15 pm - End of day briefing with Wheelz team

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

3:00 am - Written reports are due to team dropbox. Submission time to be determined by last modified timestamp in Google drive.
9:00 am - Breakfast
9:30 am - Guest Speaker (TBA)
11:00 am - Q&A with onsite competition teams (National CPTC white/black teams)
11:30 am - Regional awards ceremony



We need volunteers on both October 6th & 7th! Please note you must be 18 years of age to volunteer.

Volunteer sign-up sheet:


Campus Host - Alex Keller:

Directors Mailing List:

Special Thanks

Stanford School of Engineering
Stanford Cyber Intiative