Hackers to Compete for Selective Spots at U.S. Cyber Challenge’s Summer 2017 Cyber Camps

 

Washington, D.C., January 30, 2017 – Today, U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) announced the 2017 schedule for their annual Cyber Quests competition. Cyber Quests is an online competition where cybersecurity enthusiasts from across the nation compete for one of the highly coveted spots at USCC Summer Cyber Camps.

Registration opens on Monday, March 20, 2017 at USCC.CyberQuests.org. Two weeks later, the competition will open on Monday, April 3, 2017. Registration closes on Saturday, April 22, 2017 with the competition ending the following day, on Sunday, April 23, 2017. Interested individuals may also submit their contact information on the website to be notified when registration opens.

Top performers in Cyber Quests will be invited to one of the regional or statewide camps to participate in a comprehensive boot camp where they will learn about trending topics in cybersecurity, have hands-on instruction, discuss the nation’s cybersecurity situation with leading executives and government officials in the field, and compete in a “Capture-the-Flag” competition where both their individual and group performance will be tested.

“Our nation is suffering from a shortage of highly skilled cybersecurity professionals,” stated USCC National Director, Karen S. Evans. “Our goal is to identify individuals with the potential to significantly grow their skill level and fill these necessary rolls in the private and public sectors. Take the challenge!”

Participants will have 24-hours to complete the competition, beginning from the time they begin answering questions. Winners are determined based on who achieves the highest score in the shortest amount of time, and the top performers who are U.S. citizens and 18 years or older, will then be eligible to receive an invitation to one of the week-long Cyber Camps offered across the country this summer. For more information about the camps, visit www.USCyberChallenge.org/cyber-camps/.

Leading up to the 2017 Cyber Quests competition, a series of podcast interviews and articles will be posted on CyberCompEx.org, featuring past Cyber Quests participants, USCC camp instructors, and sponsor companies and organizations who will speak to the benefits of competitions in career development. CyberCompEx is an online social network specifically focused on cybersecurity. Visit www.CyberCompEx.org to learn more.

For information about becoming a sponsor of a Summer Cyber Camp, contact Karen S. Evans, National Director at kevans@uscyberchallenge.org.

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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.

Visit Us Online: www.uscyberchallenge.org