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Student Privacy Protection

The Virginia Cyber Range strives to maintain student data privacy. One way to help students protect their privacy is by allowing them to self-register for courses and CTFs without instructors entering student names and email addresses into our system. Additionally, for all accounts, the Virginia Cyber Range login system stores as little identifying information as possible by utilizing open standards for access delegation without passwords. This article will explore different methods of protecting student privacy.

Self-registration

One feature that we offer toward this goal is the option to self-register in both the exercise area and in CloudCTF competitions. With self-registration, students can use their preferred authentication provider, along with their choice of email address.

In the exercise area, students can self-register using invitation codes. Instructors first generate an invitation code that they provide to their students. Students can then use this code to self-register into a course.

In CloudCTF, students can self-register by visiting the competition URL directly. Instructors need to simply enable public registrations and share the event URL to the students. For more information, please take a look at our guide on setting up a public CTF competition.

CloudCTF Player Anonymity

One way to enhance anonymity in CloudCTF is to assign non-identifying team names to CTF players. CTF administrators (instructors) can edit team names to remove identifying information, or players can be allowed to edit their own team names in the CTF administrative settings. For more information on how to change the name of a team, please take a look at our guide on editing teams. To learn how to allow players to edit their own team names, take a look at our guide on team management.

Scoreboard Visibility

The CloudCTF scoreboard is a great way to track how a competition is going; however, some use cases for CloudCTF may not lend themselves to having a scoreboard. In cases where players’ scores should be kept hidden, CTF admins can hide on a team-by-team or competition-wide basis.

In order to hide a team from the scoreboard, you can follow the instructions in this section of our team management guide. If you want to disable the scoreboard completely, please take a look at our guide on scoreboard visibility.