A new cyber forensics competition, the Black T-Shirt Challenge, launches on the first day of 2016. Individuals and teams wanting to compete in the free contest can sign up and download the necessary files starting January 1. Participants have until April 1 to submit their entries.

Sixty schools of various sizes, plus ten corporate partners, have come together to make the competition a reality. Prizes include digital forensics hardware, cash, books, Amazon Web Services credits, a paid summer internship at Disruptive Solutions in Northern Virginia, and, of course, black T-shirts.

The contest has been design to address key issues in conducting today's digital forensics examinations, incident responses, and intrusion analyses. It will include elements such as

  • File system and operating system identification
  • Recovery of operating system and application artifacts
  • Recovery of user-created artifacts
  • Conducting in-depth analysis across the system and scenario, which extends beyond artifact recovery
  • Event reconstruction
  • Forensics report writing

Visit the Black T-Shirt Cyber Forensics Challenge website for rules and registration. For more information, watch the interview with Michael Robinson of Stevenson University, creator of the competition, on Episode 44 of The CyberFed Show, available through cyberfed.org.