Intensive Cyber Camp Concludes in Delaware with Capture-the-Flag Competition
Newark, DE, July 21, 2017 – After an intense week of information security learning and application, participants of the U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) camp in Delaware came together in teams this morning to compete in a Capture-the-Flag (CTF) competition to vie for recognition as some of the nation’s top security talent as well as scholarships. Today’s victors are Krystain Bates, Hanna Curran, Alex Reuben and Hannah Tattan – all students of Delaware Technical Community College.
An award ceremony followed the competition and included words from Delaware Governor John Carney, Senator Tom Carper, State of Delaware CSO Elayne Starkey, U.S. Cyber Challenge National Director Karen S. Evans, Dr. Chase Cotton of the University of Delaware, and video remarks from Senator Chris Coons and Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester.
“Every generation faces major challenges for economic welfare, safety and protection of privacy,” stated Senator Carper at the Award Ceremony. “The new generation represented by the students in this program have an adversary unlike any we have ever seen. Who is going to be there to protect us? This new generation of young warriors in civilian clothes. We need you on the front lines in all kinds of roles to help protect this country.”
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 hundreds of competitors nationally. This week’s USCC program was conducted in collaboration with the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Wilmington University, Delaware Technical Community College and the Delaware Department of Technology and Information (DTI).
The camp is supported in part through partnerships with Amazon Web Services, the Association for Federal Information Resources Management (AFFIRM), Adaptive Cyber, Cambridge Global, Center for Cyber Safety & Education, CenturyLink, Cyber Ninjas, Cyber Vista, Defense Point Security LLC, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal CIO Council, (ISC)2, Monster Government Solutions, NIC, PCMG, Procession Systems, Queen Associates, SANS Institute, and Sherman Consulting. Local sponsors include Wilmington University, Delaware State University, University of Delaware, and Delaware Technical Community College.
The 2017 Cyber Summer Camp Series features three week-long camps located 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. Participants are encouraged to continue developing their skills and network with like-minded individuals by becoming active members in CyberCompEx.org, an online community specifically geared toward cybersecurity enthusiasts.
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.
Visit Us Online: www.uscyberchallenge.org
Contact: Katie Hanson