National Info

CPTC National Website:

Team Signup - All US regions are FULL but you can still be added to the waitlist:


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.

The top teams from the Western/Central/North-East/South-East Regional Competitions will advance to the CPTC National Finals hosted at the Rochester Institute of Technology, November 22-24, 2019.

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, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Riverside

Regional Sponsors

Western Regional Event Details

Date: October 12th & 13th, 2019

Location Saturday October 12th:
    Huang Engineering Building, Basement Foyer
    475 Via Ortega, Stanford, CA 94305

Location Sunday October 13th:
    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 12th, 2019

8:00 am - Teams arrive on site / Breakfast provided
8:15 am - Welcome meeting
8:45 am - Teams to their rooms
9:00 am - Competition begins
12:00 pm - Lunch provided
6:00 pm - Competition ends
6:15 pm - End of day briefing / Dinner provided

Sunday, October 13th, 2019

3:00 am - Written reports are due
11 am - Brunch / Socialize
Noon - Guest Panel:
        * Elvis Chan - Supervisory Special Agent, FBI Cyber Team
        * Bridget Pelletier-Ross - Security Engineering Manager at Facebook
        * Apoorva Joshi - Senior Security Research Scientist at FireEye
        * Ben Actis - Offensive Security Engineer at Facebook
        * Michael Duff - Assistant Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at Stanford University
1:00 pm - Q&A with National CPTC organizers
2:00 pm - Regional awards ceremony



Volunteers needed October 11-13! Please note you must be 18 years of age.

Volunteer sign-up sheet:


Western Regional Host - Alex Keller:
Western Regional Co-Organizer - Kerrie Lu:
National Directors Mailing List:

Special Thanks

Stanford School of Engineering:
Stanford Cyber Intiative & Cyber Policy Center:

Previous Years

CPTC Western Regional 2018: