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Cloud CTF Overview

This KB article provides a general introduction and overview of the Virginia Cyber Range capture the flag platform, known as Cloud CTF.

An example of a Cloud CTF start screen is shown.

What is Cloud CTF?

Cloud CTF is a fully featured Virginia Cyber Range capture the flag platform that can be deployed in a matter of seconds with a click of a button. It was designed for simplicity and runs in a safe and secure environment in the cloud. It can be provisioned from the Exercise Area of the Virginia Cyber Range for CTF competitions, labs, student practice, and more.

Cloud CTF Features

Cloud CTF Roles

Cloud CTF has two levels of user roles: Admins and Players.

CTF Admin (Instructors/TA’s) – Virginia Cyber Range Instructors and TA’s are referred to as Admins in Cloud CTF and can perform a wide variety of tasks for CTF administration, such as importing or creating challenges, changing CTF settings such as start and end times, adding users to the CTF, and much more. If you are an instructor or TA, please check out our Getting Started in Cloud CTF KB article for CTF Admins.

CTF Player (Students/Guests) – Virginia Cyber Range Students and Guests are referred to as Players in Cloud CTF and solve challenges from a variety of categories selected by CTF Admins that enhance the cybersecurity education experience. Players will be able to view and solve challenges, view team statistics, and view the progress and placement of all teams participating in the CTF. If you are a student or guest, please check out our Getting Started in Cloud CTF KB article for CTF Players.

Challenge Library

Cloud CTF comes with an extensive CTF challenge library that allows instructors to import challenges directly into a CTF environment. This exciting feature even gives instructors the ability to create and add custom challenges to a personal challenge library so that they can be saved for future competitions.

Note: Challenges added to a personal challenge library cannot be shared or viewed by other CTF Admins within your organization.

If you are a CTF Admin, please refer to the article, Cloud CTF Challenge Management, for further instruction on creating, importing, and managing Cloud CTF challenges.

If you are a Player, get started by learning How To Solve A Challenge in Cloud CTF.

Team Management

Cloud CTF allows for both Admins and Players to perform Team management tasks.

CTF Admins - Admins have the ability to view, create, remove, and edit all teams within a Cloud CTF environment. For detailed instructions related to Team Management, please review our Team Management article for CTF Admins.

CTF Players - In Cloud CTF, all players are on a team even if they are playing by themselves. Permissions of players on teams are controlled by the CTF settings set by the Admin and your role within the team. For detailed instructions related to Team Management, team leaders should review our Team Management article for CTF Players.

Public and Private CTF Competitions

Cloud CTF allows for both public and private CTF competitions. Public CTF competitions enable users from outside the Virginia Cyber Range to participate in a CTF, and can be created by enabling public registration in the Admin settings of a Cloud CTF environment. Private CTF competitions are the default in Cloud CTF and are available only to users enrolled in a Virginia Cyber Range course.

CTF Admins - Admins can learn more about creating a public or private CTF competition by viewing the Getting Started in Cloud CTF KB article for CTF Admins.

CTF Players - Players can learn more about joining a public or private CTF competition by viewing the Getting Started in Cloud CTF KB article for CTF Players.

Statistics

Cloud CTF provides statistics that give insight into challenges, players, and team progress by way of the main scoreboard, team statistics feature, and admin challenge statistics board.

While the main scoreboard displays team progress and scores, and can be viewed by both Admins and Players of a CTF competition, Cloud CTF Admins have the ability to view team specific statistics by utilizing the Team board, and can view challenge statistics by way of the Statistics board.

Automated Start and End Times for CTF Competitions

CTF Admins have the ability to set start and end times for a Cloud CTF environment. This removes the need for manual intervention when needing to start or stop a competition. Admins should refer to the KB article, Setting Cloud CTF Start and End Times, for detailed information on controlling the lifespan of a CTF environment or competition.

Themes

Cloud CTF comes with a selection of built-in themes that allow CTF Admins to easily choose from a variety of styles that suit their needs. To learn more about changing themes, please refer to our KB article on Changing CTF Themes for Cloud CTF Admins.

To get started with Cloud CTF, please begin by reading over our Getting Started in Cloud CTF KB article.