Program Endeavors to Solve Cybersecurity Workforce Shortage
Arlington, VA, July 15, 2015 – U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) will host its sixth annual State of Delaware Summer Cyber Camp program in collaboration with the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Wilmington University, Delaware Technical Community College (Delaware Tech) and the Delaware Department of Technology and Information (DTI) from July 20-24, 2015. The camp takes place at Delaware Tech Terry Campus in Dover and includes four days of intensive instruction by SANS instructors and other cybersecurity experts, a career fair, and a cyber-attack and defense competition with an awards ceremony honoring the winners and participants.
“Nearly every day we are learning about new and serious cybersecurity breaches that are putting individuals’, corporations’, and governments’ information at risk,” stated Elayne Starkey, Chief Security Officer for DTI. “With the work of programs like US Cyber Challenge, we are growing our nation’s cybersecurity workforce and identifying ways to minimize vulnerabilities that lead to threats.”
Curriculum at the Delaware camp will include in-depth workshops on a range of topics including Windows memory forensics, packet crafting, and pen testing, all taught by college faculty, SANS Institute senior instructors, and other cybersecurity experts.
“Building the community of highly skilled cybersecurity professionals is of great priority to the state as we endeavor to mitigate risks,” said James Collins, Chief Information Officer for the State of Delaware. “Here at the US Cyber Challenge camp, talented individuals receive the best training available and career guidance as they navigate their roles in the cybersecurity industry.”
The week will be capped off by a virtual “Capture the Flag” competition and awards ceremony on Friday, July 24, 2015. The competition begins at 8:30 AM and take place in Building 400, Rooms A & B. The awards follow the completion of the competition at 1:00 PM in the Conference Center at Delaware Tech Terry Campus (100 Campus Drive, Dover, DE 19904). Both events are open to the media. The awards ceremony will include remarks from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) CIO David Bray, (ISC)2 Managing Director for the National Capital Region Dan Waddell, and U.S. Cyber Challenge National Director Karen S. Evans. Senator Chris Coons and Congressman John Carney have been invited to attend the ceremony.
Over 70 individuals will be attending the Delaware camp. 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 over 1,300 registrants from over 600 schools nationwide.
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 Wilmington University, Delaware State University, University of Delaware, Delaware Technical Community College, Cigital and PJM.
The 2015 Cyber Summer Camp Series features two national weeklong camps and two statewide camps. 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
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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