Cyber Fire

A week-long, hands-on computer security training and exercise for cyber defenders in the Department of Energy, other government agencies, government contractors, and related critical infrastructure.

The event consists of 2 days of intensive, hands-on training, followed by a 2-day exercise designed to reinforce the training and introduce more new concepts.

Training Tracks


Training is followed by a 2-day puzzle-based exercise

How it works

Participants self-organize into teams. The teams are then let loose on a free-form set of challenges spanning multiple categories. Teammates work together to solve puzzles, sharing tips and making new professional contacts. Instructors will be available to help if your team gets stuck.

In addition to puzzles developed to test techniques taught in the previous days' tracks, participants can unlock hidden puzzle categories to further develop their skills in new areas through learn-as-you-play exercises.

In previous events, participants reported making an average of 5 new professional contacts. The quality of the training tracks and exercise were each rated at greater than 4.5 out of 5.

Exercise Categories

Forensic analysis
Javascript deobfuscation
Network archaeology
Malware reverse engineering
Sequence analysis
Binary file reverse engineering
SnortĀ® mastery
SplunkĀ® mastery
...and more!

Upcoming Events

Cyber Fire 12

May 14-18, 2018
San Antonio TX

Past Events

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does this event cost?
We do not charge participants to attend this training, but you'll need to arrange your own transportation and hotel. A government-rate block of rooms may be available for the event, and instructions to reserve a room in that block will be provided at the time of registration and in your confirmation email.

Is this a conference?
No, this is not a conference. This is a training event. This event has been exempted in iPortal.

Am I registered?
You should receive a confirmation email shortly after registering. If you don't receive one or are unsure, email and we'll verify your registration status.

Can I change my registration after submitting?
Yes, you can submit a new registration to replace the old one, or send an email to with the corrections.

What do I need to bring?
You should bring a laptop with an Ethernet port, preferably running both Ubuntu and Windows. You'll also need an Ethernet cable. We recommend bringing your own Internet connection (e.g. cellular hotspot) just in case the venue's connection is poor/non-existent. Any other software/supplies should be specified in the syllabus for your track, and you should download, install, and configure any software before coming to the event.

Can you help me set up my laptop?
Yes, instructors will be available Sunday evening to help with configuration issues.

What is the dress code?
Geek casual.