A week-long, hands-on computer security training and exercise for cyber defenders in the Department of Energy, other government agencies, government contractors, and related critical infrastructure.Register Upcoming Events
Inspect network traffic and log files to find evidence, malware, or behavior. Reverse engineer unknown binary protocols.
Investigate and retrieve malicious software artifacts from Windows systems.
Analyze malware using static and dynamic analysis techniques. Monitor the actions of executing malware and extract indicators of compromise. Reverse engineer malware and recognize encoding schemes to decode communications. Learn about special topics including malicious document analysis, string obfuscation techniques, and YARA rule creation.
Learn how to coordinate a large-scale incident; tying together analysts, management, IT, and other parties.
Participants self-organize into teams. The teams are then let loose on a free-form set of challenges spanning multiple categories. Teammates work together to solve puzzles, sharing tips and making new professional contacts. Instructors will be available to help if your team gets stuck.
In addition to puzzles developed to test techniques taught in the previous days' tracks, participants can unlock hidden puzzle categories to further develop their skills in new areas through learn-as-you-play exercises.
In previous events, participants reported making an average of 4 new professional contacts. The quality of the training tracks and contest were each rated at greater than 4 out of 5.
Select an upcoming event below to register.
Feb 22-26 2016
Palms Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Jun 12-17 2016
Washington, DC (venue TBD)
We use Cyber FIRE as an opportunity to conduct research on training effectiveness, teamwork, and how to build a community of computer security professionals. During the Cyber FIRE exercise, we may observe your activities, record when your team checks out a puzzle, your team's puzzle solutions and times they were submitted, and your team's written comments (if any) on the puzzles. You may choose whether or not to participate in other research activities, including talking directly to researchers and/or filling out questionnaires and evaluation forms. We will not record your name or other information that could identify you as an individual in any material collected for research purposes. If you have any questions or concerns about your rights as a human subject, please contact us via the link on this page, or contact the Los Alamos National Laboratory Human Subjects Research Review Board at (505) 667-1848 or HSRRBfirstname.lastname@example.org.