USCC endeavors to close the cybersecurity workforce gap

Arlington, VA, July 7, 2015 – Next week, the state’s top cybersecurity talent, including veterans, will gather at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois, to participate in the annual U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) Cyber Camp. Throughout the weeklong camp, individuals will participate in a variety of classes that cover such subjects as packet crafting and pen testing, and compete in a virtual “Capture the Flag” competition to demonstrate their cybersecurity abilities in a free-form environment in hopes of winning one of the limited (ISC)2 scholarship vouchers.

“Our nation has a significant shortage of high level cybersecurity professionals,” stated National Director for U.S. Cyber Challenge Karen S. Evans. “Through the use of classroom instruction, labs, and free-form competitions we develop the skills of our camp participants to help them progress in their cybersecurity career and reduce the vulnerabilities we see everyday for businesses, governments and individuals.”

Over 20 individuals, including U.S. Military veterans, will participate in this year’s Illinois USCC camp and competition. 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 1,300 registrants from over 600 schools nationwide.

On Friday, camp participants will compete in a virtual “Capture the Flag” competition, which will begin at 8:30 AM. An awards ceremony will follow at 1:00 PM in Fogelson Theater located on the campus of Moraine Valley Community College (9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, Illinois, 60465). Both events, the competition and awards ceremony, are open to the media.

The awards ceremony will include remarks from Director of CSSIA John Sands, President of Moraine Valley Community College Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins, Representative for the Center for Internet Security Maurice Y. Uenuma, CEO of Cyber Ninjas Doug Logan, and U.S. Cyber Challenge National Director Karen S. Evans.

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.

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


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.

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