Cyber Madness High School Tournament 2024 virtual play in rounds january 18th-20th and In-person finals February 15-16th at Bismarck State College


Cyber Madness Event Partner:

Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy



The North Dakota Cyber Madness High School Tournament is open to all North Dakota high school students comprising of teams of up to five members and a coach. Whether students are beginners or have prior experience in computer science and cybersecurity, the tournament welcomes all levels of expertise.

2024 High School Tournament

Virtual Play-In Round: January 18-20th 
Virtual Play-In Round opens at 9 a.m. CST on January 18, and will close at 9 p.m. CST on January 20, 2024.

In-Person Finals: February 15-16th at Bismarck State College 
For this year’s competition, Palo Alto Networks is hosting a Cloud Security based competition. A new course, labs, and competition assessments will be released soon for teams to prepare. As soon as the preparation course is released, the information will be sent out to the coaches and teams.

In-Person Finals Agenda

In-Person Finals Agenda

Thursday — Feb. 15

11:30 a.m.   Arrival/Check-in
11:45 a.m.   Setup/Lunch 
1:00 p.m.    Welcome/Introduction 
2:00 p.m.    Education Session (Palo Alto) 
2:45 p.m.    Break 
3:00 p.m.    Education Session (Palo Alto) 
3:45 p.m.    Break 
4:00 p.m.    Icebreaker/Kahoots Quiz 
5:30 p.m.    North Dakota’s Gateway to Science (optional)


Friday — Feb. 16

8:15 a.m.     Arrival & Setup
8:45 a.m.     Competition Level 1
10:00 a.m.   Break
10:30 a.m.   Competition Level 2 (EduTech session with teachers)
11:45 a.m.    Lunch
1:00 p.m.     Competition Level 3
2:15 p.m.     Break
2:45 p.m.    Wrap-up
3:30 p.m.    Awards
4:00 p.m.    Dismissal


Tournament Rules

Virtual Badge

Students participating throughout the competition will be awarded a virtual badge signifying they have engaged in the ND High School Cyber Madness event, which is based on content from the Palo Alto Networks Network Security Fundamentals online course. The competition tested material in the areas of:

  • The Connected Globe
  • Physical, Logical, and Virtual Addressing
  • Packet Encapsulation and Lifecycle
  • Network and Endpoint Security Technologies
  • Networking and Security Principles

Tournament Planning Partners

The ND Cyber Madness High School planning partners include:

  • North Dakota Information Technology
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Department of Public Instruction
  • Department of Emergency Services
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Palo Alto Networks

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Check out the Cyber Madness Sponsors page to view sponsorship level descriptions and fill out a Commitment Form to solidify your slot for this exciting event!

Have a question about the tournament?

For questions please contact: 
Tony Aukland NDIT Technology Outreach Manager 

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