Arlington, VA, July 31, 2016 – Yesterday morning, seven teams competed in the U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) Capture-the-Flag (CTF) competition at Southern Utah University (SUU) in Cedar City, UT. After four hours of hacking into systems and answering trivia questions, Team Dragon came out on top. Team members include Aric Forrest, Stacy Hubert, Kenneth Long, and Ben Carothers. The competition was the final activity from last week’s U.S. Cyber Challenge Western Regional Cyber Camp. During the course of the 5-day program, campers participated in an executive roundtable, ethics panel, job fair, resume workshop and classes including penetration testing and packet crafting. The Capture-the-Flag competition was designed by Michigan Cyber Range (MCR), a project by Merit Network, and specifically tested the campers on what they learned this week at the camp.
An award ceremony immediately followed the CTF competition. Department Chair of the Computer Science and Information Systems Department at SUU, Dr. Rob Robertson, addressed the camp participants as well as the Founder and National Director of USCC, Karen S. Evans, who congratulated the campers and highlighted the demand for their skills in cybersecurity in the job market.
“After a week of intense training, it was amazing to see all the campers put their skills to the test in yesterday’s competition,” stated Robertson. “Seeing how they strategize, discuss their strengths and weaknesses, and ultimately work together as a cohesive team to try and win is extremely satisfying. These are our future leaders in cybersecurity.”
Camp participants were invited to the USCC program if they achieved a competitive score in April’s online Cyber Quest competition. Although each of them were invited based upon their individual abilities, one of the program’s goals is to coach them in team skills that will be a major strength in the workplace.
The Western Regional 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 Imperva, and Nuix.
This summer, USCC hosted three week-long camps in Delaware, Illinois and Utah. The camps are an integral part of the USCC mission to identify and develop cybersecurity talent in order to reduce the nation’s cybersecurity workforce gap.
For more information about the Cyber Camp program and each of the specific camps, visit U.S. Cyber Challenge online at www.uscyberchallenge.org
About U.S. Cyber Challenge:
U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) is a program supported by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate through a contract with 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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