Former Federal CIO, Tony Scott, to Award Competition Winners
Chicago, IL, July 25, 2017 – Next week, several of the nation’s top cybersecurity talent will congregate at Moraine Valley Community College outside of Chicago to participate in the annual U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) Cyber Camp. During the 5-day intensive boot camp, individuals will participate in a variety of classes that cover such subjects as packet crafting penetration testing, and tactical post exploitation techniques; as well as compete in a virtual “Capture the Flag” competition (CTF) to demonstrate their cybersecurity abilities in a free-form environment. The Former United States Chief Information Officer under President Obama, Tony Scott, will be the keynote speaker at the camp Award Ceremony following the CTF competition on Friday, August 4, 2017.
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 1,000 registrants nationwide.
“Cybersecurity is at the front line of our country’s national security defense strategy,” stated Former U.S. Chief Information Officer, Tony Scott. “Identifying the talent, as we see at U.S. Cyber Challenge camps, and navigating them down the road to future success as leaders in the field, is pivotal in building the workforce and significantly reducing our nation’s vulnerabilities.”
On Friday, August 4th 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 keynote speaker for the awards ceremony will be Tony Scott, former United States Chief Information Officer under President Obama. Other ceremony speakers include Director of CSSIA John Sands; President of Moraine Valley Community College Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins; 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 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.
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