Southern Utah University to Host Cybersecurity Boot Camp & Competition to Train Elite Talent
Arlington, VA, July 20, 2015 (Revised July 27, 2015) – Next week, U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) and Southern Utah University (SUU) will host an executive roundtable during the USCC Western Regional Cyber Camp to discuss the nation’s need for highly-skilled professionals to mitigate cyber risks. The executive roundtable will commence on Tuesday, July 28 at 11:00 AM at Southern Utah University, 351 West Center Street, Cedar City, in the Sharwan Smith Student Center, Ballroom A. The event will include participation from Vice President of iSightPartners Robert Huber, National Director of U.S. Cyber Challenge Karen S. Evans, CEO of Cyber Ninjas Doug Logan; Special Advisor to the Federal Communications Commission Tony Summerlin; Principal Security Consultant of Silent Break Security Lee Anderson; Chief Information Security Officer of GE Capital Bank Nathan Wilkey; President of Caliber Security Partners Tab Pierce; and Information Technology Security Officer for the Bank of Utah Leon Trappett. The roundtable is open to the media.
“The executive roundtable provides the opportunity for our participants to interact directly with leaders from companies who are looking for talented individuals, just like our campers, to fill the gaps we find in our current workforce,” stated Karen S. Evans, National Director for U.S. Cyber Challenge. “The executives will discuss the staffing needs they see in their respective entities and our participants will have the chance to directly ask questions about how to effectively navigate their career path. It’s a win-win for both sides.”
The Western Regional Cyber Camp is part of the USCC’s 2015 Cyber Summer Camp Series focused on identifying and developing cybersecurity talent to meet the country’s critical cybersecurity workforce needs. The 2015 Cyber Summer Camp Series features two national weeklong camps and two statewide camps. More than 40 camp participants are attending the Western Regional camp and the executive roundtable at SUU.
Attendees to the invitation-only camps were selected based in part on their scores from Cyber Quests, an online competition offered through the USCC in April that drew more than 1,300 registrants from almost 600 schools nationwide.
Throughout the weeklong camp program, curriculum includes in-depth workshops on a range of topics such as forensics, reverse engineering malware and pen testing. All classes are taught by SANS Institute instructors and other cybersecurity experts.
On Friday, July 31, the camp will end with a hands-on, virtual “Capture-the-Flag” competition where camp participants have the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities and vie for a scholarship presented by (ISC)2. An award ceremony will immediately follow the competition.
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.
Local sponsors include: Bank of Utah, Silent Break Security, GE Capital Bank, Protiviti, The Cadence Group, Caliber Security Partners and Southern Utah University.
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 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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