Cedar City, UT, August 3, 2015 – U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Western Regional Cyber Camp competition, which was hosted at Southern Utah University (SUU). Last Friday morning, following a week of demanding classroom instruction, over 40 participants competed in the “Capture the Flag” (CTF) competition. The “Capture the Flag” competition can be described as an interactive college final where teams are tested on skills that an information security professional should know thoroughly. The winners included Norman Lundt, Eric Harashevsky and Nick Landers.
“On Friday, I observed a talented group of individuals participating in a challenging competition to demonstrate how capable they are at defending our nation against cyber threats,” stated Leon Trappett, Head of IT Security at the Bank of Utah. Trappett previously participated as a camper at the Western Regional Camp and is employed by one of this year’s sponsoring companies. “The U.S. Cyber Challenge is identifying and equipping our nation’s future cybersecurity leaders.”
The awards ceremony that followed the competition included remarks from SUU Department Chair for the Computer Science and Information Systems Department Rob Robertson, USCC National Director Karen S. Evans, CEO of Cyber Ninjas Doug Logan, Manager of Rural Support and Help Desk for the Department of Technology Services Operations in the State of Utah Scott Moffitt, President of Caliber Security Tab Pierce, Managing Director for Sherman Consulting, Inc. Rudy Pamintuan, and Head of IT Security at the Bank of Utah Leon Trappett.
The Western Regional camp was run in collaboration with Southern Utah University and included classes to identify malware on a computer through memory forensics, reverse engineer the malware to identify the characteristics and impact, understand how to test web applications for vulnerabilities, and learn about critical infrastructure and how they can protect energy, oil and gas sectors through identifying and securing radio frequencies. Participants of the camp were selected and invited based in part on their scores from Cyber Quests, an online qualifying competition held in April. Nearly 2,000 individuals competed in this year’s Cyber Quests.
Each US Cyber Challenge camp has the mission to increase the quantity and quality of our country’s cybersecurity workforce. Today, the United States is faced with a severe shortage among highly skilled cybersecurity professionals to fulfill both public and private institution needs. Therefore, these camp programs and their capacity to identify and train top talent in the nation are crucial to filling the workforce gap. Camp participants also have the opportunity to continue their career networking and skills development through the newly launched CyberCompEx.org – an online social networking site designed specifically for the cybersecurity community.
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 the 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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Contact: Katie Hanson