Cybersecurity Boot Camp Highlights Workforce Development in Illinois & Nationwide

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Cybersecurity Boot Camp Highlights Workforce Development in Illinois & Nationwide

Nation’s elite cybersecurity talent participate in US Cyber Challenge program at Moraine Valley Community College

Arlington, VA, June 13, 2016 – A week from today, Illinois’ top cybersecurity talent will descend upon Moraine Valley Community College outside of Chicago to participate in the annual U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) Cyber Camp. Throughout the week-long camp, individuals will participate in a variety of classes that cover such subjects as packet crafting and pen testing, and compete in a virtual “Capture the Flag” competition to demonstrate their cybersecurity abilities in a free-form environment in hopes of winning one of the limited (ISC)2 scholarship vouchers.

“With this partnership, the Center and USCC can actively encourage the upcoming generation of cybersecurity professionals,” said Center for Cyber Safety and Education Director Patrick Craven. “The most recent (ISC)² Global Information Security Workforce Study revealed a workforce gap in the information security field of 1.5 million in the next five years. We see that as an untapped market of potential information security professionals,”

Twenty-five individuals, including U.S. Military veterans, will participate in this year’s Illinois USCC camp and competition. 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 and May that drew over 900 registrants nationwide.

“In Illinois, as well as across the nation, our private companies and government institutions are experiencing a significant shortfall in the number of highly qualified cybersecurity specialists to fill their operational needs,” stated National Director for U.S. Cyber Challenge Karen S. Evans. “Our intensive weeklong program faces this problem head-on by offering hands-on skill development training and an opportunity to showcase their abilities in the final competition.”

On Friday, June 24th camp participants will compete in a virtual “Capture the Flag” competition beginning at 8:30 AM. An awards ceremony will follow at 1:00 PM in Fogelson Theater located on the campus of Moraine Valley Community College (9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, Illinois, 60465). Both events, the competition and awards ceremony, are open to the media.

The awards ceremony will include remarks from the Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner (invited); Director of CSSIA John Sands; President of Moraine Valley Community College Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins; Strategic Account Manager at Tripwire Maurice Y. Uenuma; CEO of Cyber Ninjas Doug Logan; and U.S. Cyber Challenge National Director Karen S. Evans.

The camp is supported in part through partnerships with the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, NIC, the Association for Federal Information Resources Management (AFFIRM), SANS Institute, Department of Homeland Security, the Federal CIO Council, Cyber Ninjas, Workday, Amazon Web Services, Monster Government Solutions, CenturyLink, AT&T, and PCM-G.

For more information about the Cyber Camp program and each of the specific camps, visit U.S. Cyber Challenge online at

Contact: Katie Hanson
Phone:    847-337-1818

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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