70 Cybersecurity Enthusiasts Compete in Western Regional Competition

Arlington, VA, August 15, 2014 – U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) and San Jose State University (SJSU) are proud to announce the winners of the Western Regional “Capture the Flag” competition. Camp participants Angela Rey, Lee Christensen and Vincent Venem were on the winning team for the 2014 camp. The competition commenced this morning at San Jose State University in the Student Union Ballroom and was held in conjunction with the 2014 U.S. Cyber Challenge Western Regional Cyber Camp, taking place Aug. 11-15 at SJSU.

The camp award ceremony immediately followed the competition and included remarks by Dr. Mohammad Qayoumi, San Jose State President; Admiral Patrick Walsh, US Navy (Ret.), Senior VP, iSight Partners; Jenn Lesser Henley, Director-Security Operations, Facebook; Robin “Montana” Williams, CWDP, Co-National Leader, NICE, Department of Homeland Security; Wen-Pai Lu, Secretary of (ISC)2 Silicon Valley Chapter; and Karen S. Evans, National Director of U.S. Cyber Challenge.

“The value of U.S. Cyber Challenge is to inspire individuals to pursue careers and expose them to the vast opportunities that exist,” stated Robin “Montana” Williams, Department of Homeland Security. “The United States is facing a critical supply and demand problem where demand significantly outweighs the supply. Therefore, the goal, and the mission of U.S. Cyber Challenge is to expand the pipeline of cybersecurity professionals.”

Throughout the weeklong camp program, curriculum included in-depth workshops on a range of topics such as reverse engineering malware, writing exploits, tactical attacks and penetration testing, all taught by academics, SANS Institute senior instructors and other cybersecurity experts. Today’s competition was a hands-on activity for participants to utilize the skills they have acquired throughout the camp and display their elite abilities. The winning team will receive scholarships from the Council on CyberSecurity.

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 and Accenture. Local sponsors for the western regional camp include Facebook, Kaiser Permanente, PG&E and the STC-TRUST.

More than 70 camp participants attended the Western Regional camp.  Attendees to the invitation-only camps were selected based in part on their scores from Cyber Quests, an online competition offered through the USCC in April that drew more than 1,600 participants from almost 700 schools nationwide.

The 2014 Cyber Summer Camp Series features two national weeklong camps and two statewide camps.  The camps are part of several initiatives underway through USCC, a national campaign focused on identifying and developing cybersecurity talent to meet the country’s critical cybersecurity workforce needs.

For more information about the Cyber Camp program and each of the specific camps, visit USCC online at www.uscyberchallenge.org

 

Contact: Katie Hanson 

Phone: 847-337-1818

Email: Katie@ShermanConsultingInc.com

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About U.S. Cyber Challenge:

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. www.uscyberchallenge.org

 

About San Jose State University

San Jose State — Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 30,000 students and 3,740 employees — is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.