Experts and Cybersecurity Talent To Discuss Solutions for the Country’s Cyber Workforce Shortage
Arlington, VA, June 15, 2015 – Next week, experts from across the country will convene at Virginia Tech to meet with rising cybersecurity talent to discuss solutions for the country’s cyber workforce shortage in an executive roundtable titled “The Manpower Crisis in Cyber Security: Promising Solutions.” The roundtable discussion will be hosted by Richard McKinney, Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Andrew H. Turner, Vice President and Head of Global Cyber Security for Visa, and Karen Evans, National Director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge. The event will take place on Tuesday, June 23 at 11:15 a.m. at Owens Banquet Hall (150 Kent Street, Blacksburg, VA 24016) at Virginia Tech.
The event, 2015 Eastern Regional Cyber Security Boot Camp Executive Roundtable Discussion, will review specific cybersecurity issues we face today in the United States and discuss immediate action items for the leadership and experts of the industry.
“Our country faces a significant shortage of skilled cybersecurity talent in our workforce,” stated Steve Spano, president and chief operating officer for the Center for Internet Security, home of the U.S. Cyber Challenge. “Through the targeted efforts of the U.S. Cyber Challenge program and the support of its sponsors, we are able to recruit and retain a passionate cadre of talented individuals to help us recognize and address the cybersecurity threats facing our nation.”
The Executive Roundtable will include the following executive participants: Doug Logan, CEO, CyberNinjas; Chris Bjornson, Chief Information Officer, Accenture Federal Services; Rodney Caudle, Director of Information Security, NIC; Dan Waddell, Director of US Government Affairs, (ISC)2; Stuart Solomon, VP Technical Services and Client Operations, iSight Partners; William Newhouse, Coordinator, NICE and Cybersecurity Research and Development; and other executives from sponsoring organizations of the U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) including, Amazon Web Services, Hewlett Packard and VMD Systems Integrators, Inc.
The desired outcome of the roundtable is to educate camp participants of the various dimensions of the workforce shortage and identify how their technical skills are part of the solution to the predicament. They will learn about career opportunities among a variety of institutions and also how their involvement in U.S. Cyber Challenge will help continue the growth of high-level cybersecurity talent. Topics and questions to be discussed include:
- What are the jobs that need to be done?
- Where are the employers?
- What skills are needed?
- Should a minimum set of qualifications of technical skills be taught and tested in cybersecurity programs?
- Should colleges be incentivized to transform their programming courses to make security an integral part of the teaching and grading?
The event is held in conjunction with the 2015 U.S. Cyber Challenge Summer Cyber Camp, taking place at Virginia Tech June 22-26, 2015. The camp is designed to provide attendees with intensive training and other opportunities to enhance their skills and become the nation’s next generation of cybersecurity professionals.
Camp curriculum includes in-depth workshops including Windows Memory Forensics, Network Forensics, Car Hacking and WebAppPenTest. All classes are taught by college faculty, SANS Institute senior instructors, and other cybersecurity experts. The camp will finish with a virtual Capture the Flag competition and awards ceremony Friday, June 26.
The camp is supported in part through sponsorships by (ISC)2 Foundation, iSight Partners, NIC, 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, VMD, Hewlett Packard, Workday, Amazon Web Services, Monster Government Solutions, Clifton Larson Allen, CenturyLink and Accenture.
More than 35 individuals will be attending the Eastern Regional Camp at Virginia Tech. 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 more than 1,300 registrants from over 600 schools nationwide. The 2015 Summer Cyber Camp Series features two national camps and two statewide camps.
For more information about the Cyber Camp program and each of the specific camps, visit USCC online at www.uscyberchallenge.org.
About U.S. Cyber Challenge:
U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) is a program of the Center for Internet Security, 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.