US Cyber Challenge & Virginia Tech Host Successful Cybersecurity Camp & Competition for Elite Cybersecurity Talent

Arlington, VA, June 26, 2015 – Today, participants of the annual US Cyber Challenge (USCC) Eastern Regional Cyber Camp competed in a “Capture-the-Flag” competition to demonstrate their knowledge and skill of cybersecurity and compete to win one of a limited number of (ISC)2 scholarships. The winners of the competition included Joseph Workman, Turner England, Rob Pescatore and Jesse Ruffin.

“A primary responsibility of the (ISC)2 Foundation is to develop our country’s cybersecurity workforce and to help attract entrants of all ages to the field,” says (ISC)² Director of Government Affairs Dan Waddell, National Capital Region.  “We believe that partnering with U.S. Cyber Challenge to provide certification exam vouchers and to participate in educational sessions is one of the most effective ways we can contribute to the national cybersecurity cause. Together, we can lessen the potential impact of this growing workforce crisis.”

This new competition was created by cybersecurity professionals Doug Logan, Alex Rams and Mike McGinty with the goal of administering a free-form testing environment for camp participants to demonstrate their cybersecurity skills.

The award ceremony following the competition included addresses from Randy Marchany, Chief Information Security Officer, Virginia Tech; Doug Logan, CEO, Cyber Ninjas; Frank Shinault, Representative, (ISC)2; Karen S. Evans, National Director, U.S. Cyber Challenge; and a video message from Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Participants of Eastern Regional Cyber Camp 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 that have the goal to expand the cybersecurity workforce in the United States as we face a severe shortage in the industry.

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

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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.