Getting Started in Cloud CTF - Admin¶
This KB article will cover how to setup a CTF environment and start a competition in Cloud CTF. This article is intended for CTF Admins (Cyber Range Instructors). If you do not yet have an account with the Virginia Cyber Range, please see Getting an Instructor Account and Creating Your First Course.
Checklist Before Getting Started with Cloud CTF¶
Please make sure you have an account with the Virginia Cyber Range. If you do not yet have an account, please see Getting an Instructor Account and Creating Your First Course.
If you already have an account, please make sure you can successfully login to the Exercise Area of the Virginia Cyber Range. Please see How to Login to the Exercise Area for more information.
For a brief introduction to Cloud CTF, please see our Cloud CTF Overview article.
To create a Cloud CTF environment, please see the article, Creating a Cloud CTF Environment.
How to Setup a Private or Public Cloud CTF Environment¶
Cloud CTF allows for both private and public CTF competitions by providing a public registration feature in the admin settings of a Cloud CTF environment.
To learn more about creating private CTF competitions for users enrolled in Virginia Cyber Range courses, please see How to Setup a Private CTF Competition.
To learn more about creating public CTF competitions for users outside of the Virginia Cyber Range, please see How to Setup a Public CTF Competition.
How to Add Challenges to a CTF Competition¶
CTF Admins can create fully functional CTF competitions within a few short minutes by using the Cloud CTF challenge library feature. This feature provides Admins with a diverse selection of pre-made challenges that can easily be imported into a competition. For a quick guide on importing challenges from the challenge library, please see the article, Adding and Removing Challenges.
CTF Admins can refer to our Cloud CTF Challenge Management article to learn about advanced challenge features in Cloud CTF. The challenge management article links to other topics such as:
- Creating Challenges From Scratch
- Adding Challenges From the Challenge Library
- Removing Challenges
- Editing Challenges
- Saving Challenges to Your Personal Challenge Library
How to Set Start and End Times for a CTF Competition¶
Once you have created a Cloud CTF environment and have successfully added challenges, please remember to set a start and end time for the competition. Please see Setting Cloud CTF Start and End Times for a detailed look into controlling the lifespan of a competition.
After the basics for your CTF environment have been setup, CTF Admins can delve into the following articles for more information on Cloud CTF administration.