Chicago, IL, July 17, 2015 – This morning, Illinois’ top cybersecurity talent competed in the US Cyber Challenge (USCC) virtual “Capture the Flag” competition as the final activity for the week-long cybersecurity camp hosted near Chicago at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois. The final winners of the competition are Julian Makas, Greg Groth, Matt Topor and Eric Kelly. These winners were awarded a scholarship from (ISC)2 for their achievement during the award ceremony immediately following the competition.

The awards ceremony included remarks from the State of Illinois’ Director of Public Safety Rodger Heaton (on behalf of Governor Rauner), Director of CSSIA Dr. John Sands, Moraine Valley Community College Vice President Dr. Pamela Haney, Center for Internet Security Senior Vice President Maurice Y. Uenuma, Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan, President of (ISC)2 Chicago Chapter Dr. Nathan Brady, and U.S. Cyber Challenge National Director Karen S. Evans.

This year, alumni of the US Cyber Challenge camps created the new Capture the Flag competition, including Alex Rams the master architect of the competition. “The scenario-based Capture the Flag (CTF) offered campers a challenging way to showcase not only their own skills, but also apply learned concepts taught throughout the week,” stated Rams.

Beginning on Monday, participants received classroom instruction from the nation’s top experts in the cybersecurity field on topics including packet crafting and pen testing. The participants were vetted through an online competition, called Cyber Quests, which took place in April of this year. Over 1,300 individuals registered for Cyber Quests from over 600 schools nationwide. The top performers were invited to attend one of the four USCC camps this summer.

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


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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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