Arlington, VA, August 8, 2014 – U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) is proud to announce the winners of the Illinois Summer Cyber Camp competition. This morning, 30 camp participants competed in a virtual “Capture the Flag” competition and the winning team included Jen Elenteny-Mejia and Alex Rams.

“We are very impressed with the caliber of cybersecurity enthusiasts here in Illinois,” stated Karen S. Evans, National Director of U.S. Cyber Challenge. “It has been a successful week of instruction and competition and we look forward to seeing how our USCC alums progress in their career endeavors within the cybersecurity field.”

U.S. Cyber Challenge, in partnership with Moraine Valley Community, hosted the weeklong cybersecurity camp in Palos Hills, Illinois. Attendees to the invitation-only camps were selected based in part on their scores from Cyber Quests, an online competition offered through USCC in April that drew over 1,600 participants from over 700 schools nationwide.

The awards ceremony, following the competition, included remarks from Lead for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Dr. Ernest McDuffie, Vice President of Academic Affairs of Moraine Valley Community College Dr. Pamela Haney, Chief Operating Officer for the Council on CyberSecurity Maurice Y. Uenuma, and U.S. Cyber Challenge National Director Karen S. Evans.

Curriculum at the Illinois camp included in-depth workshops on a range of topics including reverse engineering malware, penetration testing, and tactical attacks, all taught by college faculty, SANS Institute senior instructors, and other cybersecurity experts.

The camp is supported in part through sponsorships by (ISC)2 Foundation, SE Solutions, iSight Partners, Threat Space, NIC, CyberAces, the Association for Federal Information Resources Management (AFFIRM), Avue Technologies, SANS Institute, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Department of Homeland Security, the Federal CIO Council, Cyber Ninjas, Kearney & Company, Deep Water Point, The Coleman Group, VMD, Valente & Associations, AMBIT, REI Systems, VISA, Accenture and Dell Secureworks.

For more information about the Cyber Camp program and each of the specific camps, visit U.S. Cyber Challenge online at


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U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) is a program of the Council on CyberSecurity, a 501(c)3 organization, and has the mission to significantly reduce the shortage in the cyber workforce by serving as the premier program to identify, attract, recruit and place the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.  USCC’s goal is to find 10,000 of America’s best and brightest to fill the ranks of cybersecurity professionals where their skills can be of the greatest value to the nation.

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