Winners Announced for U.S. Cyber Challenge Competition in Delaware with Remarks by Senator Carper
Arlington, VA, July 15, 2016 – In the wake of Tuesday’s release of the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Strategy, the visual this morning of hackers collaborating in teams as they participated in the U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) Capture-the-Flag (CTF) competition would prove that the country is heading in the right direction. As the Federal Government voices the importance of a strong cybersecurity workforce for our county, U.S. Cyber Challenge is on the ground floor, actively identifying these skilled individuals, building upon their skill-sets and verifying their abilities in competitions like the one today. The winners for today’s competition are Nicholas Bruno of New Jersey, Chase Lucas of Florida, Louis Tomczak of Delaware, and Nathan Wray of Pennsylvania.
The CTF competition was the final activity for a week-long program of intensive instruction and programing for the 40-plus participants who were invited to the camp program after being the highest scorers of USCC’s online Cyber Quests competition. This week’s camp was held at Delaware State University (DSU) in Dover, Delaware, and was coordinated in partnership with the University of Delaware, Wilmington University, Delaware Technical Community College (Delaware Tech) and the Delaware Department of Technology and Information (DTI).
This afternoon, a slate of well-known cybersecurity thought-leaders spoke to the camp participants and recognized them for their abilities. These leaders included Senator Tom Carper, Delaware State CIO James Collins, Delaware State CSO Elayne Starkey, President of Delaware State University Dr. Harry Williams, Chair of the DSU Computer and Information Sciences Marwan Rasamny, and U.S. Cyber Challenge National Director Karen S. Evans.
The camp is supported in part through partnerships with the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, NIC, the Association for Federal Information Resources Management (AFFIRM), SANS Institute, Department of Homeland Security, the Federal CIO Council, Cyber Ninjas, Workday, Amazon Web Services, Monster Government Solutions, CenturyLink, AT&T, and PCM-G. Local sponsors include Wilmington University, Delaware State University, University of Delaware, and Delaware Technical Community College.
The 2016 Cyber Summer Camp Series features three week-long camps located in Delaware, Illinois and Utah. 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 U.S. Cyber Challenge 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.
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