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A UNCW student organization dedicated to cybersecurity awareness, education, and application.

About Us

UNCW is a National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognized Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD). As a student organization, the purpose of the UNCW Cyber Defense Club (CDC) is twofold.
First, the club aims to supplement and enrich the Information Security and Cyber Defense curriculum and provide students with a venue in which to learn and apply the critical knowledge and skills necessary to administer and defend computer networks and systems. Second, the UNCW Cyber Defense Club competes in cyber security competitions, such as the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC), the Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition (PCDC), and the National Cyber League (NCL) competition, to give members the opportunity to apply the theory and skills that they have acquired.

  • We meet from 6-7PM every 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month.
  • Join our WaveLink roster to receive the calendar invitation.
  • Open to all undergraduate and graduate UNCW students.
  • Open to all skill levels.
  • Must attend at least 50% of meetings for active membership.

Some of What We Do

cyber security
Cyber Security

A broad category of topics including Network Security, Computer Security, Application Security, Hardware Security, and Information Security.

penetration testing
Penetration Testing

Also known as: Ethical Hacking, Pen Testing, and White Hat Hacking. Testing system vulnerablities to ensure cyber security.

digital forensics
Digital Forensics

Recovery and investigation of digital material including: Computer Forensics, Network Forensics, Forensic Data Analysis.


Skill testing through engagement in local, regional and national competitions.

Meeting Information

We meet from 6-7PM every 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month. Join our WaveLink roster to receive the calendar invitation.

Get Started

Check out the getting started page and get a VM and Kali Linux uploaded. If you have issues, don't get discouraged, just reach out to any of the club officers and we would be happy to help you get setup.

Once you upload your VM and Kali Linux, log in and start getting acquainted with it. There are numerous resources online. DuckDuckGo, or whatever browser you prefer, is your friend.

Our Sponsors

A Special Thank You to Our Sponsor

The club would like to express a very heartfelt thank you to the Cameron School of Business for their continual generosity and financial support, not only for this competition, but for all our past and future endeavors.

We would especially like to recognize, Dr. Rob Burrus, the Cameron School of Business Dean and Dr. Cem Canel, the Department of Analytics, Information Systems & Supply Chain Department Chair, for your unwavering support and dedication in the UNCW Cyber Defense Club's ventures.

You are all an integral part of what we do from behind the scenes, and if not for your administrative and logistical support, financial contributions, and steadfast encouragement, we would not be able to pursue these opportunities to compete and travel, which is a vital component to our growth and education in cybersecurity outside of the classroom.

As a student organization, we look forward to continue representing the Cameron School of Business and the University of North Carolina Wilmington as we move forward in these local, regional, and national competitions. We are proud to be your student ambassadors and constantly strive to promote the good will and academic excellence cultivated at UNCW, deserving of all your enduring support.

UNCW Cameron School of Business

If you are interested in becoming a sponser and supporting the UNCW Cyber Defense Club, please contact the UNCW Cyber Defense Club at