Former Federal CIO Presents Awards to Winners of U.S. Cyber Challenge Competition

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Former Federal CIO Presents Awards to Winners of U.S. Cyber Challenge Competition

Tony Scott, Former Federal CIO in Obama Administration, Gives Keynote

Chicago, IL, August 4, 2017 – Today, a select group of the nation’s top cybersecurity talent competed in the US Cyber Challenge (USCC) virtual “Capture the Flag” (CTF) competition as their week-long camp program came to a close at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois. The final winners of the competition were Marco Alonzo, Emilio Herrera, Daniel Limanowski and Shannon Linares. These winners were awarded a scholarship from USCC for their achievement and a voucher for training from (ISC)2. The Capture the Flag competition was developed by Michigan-based company Merit.

The awards ceremony included remarks from the former Federal Chief Information Officer in the Obama Administration, Tony Scott; Director of CSSIA Dr. John Sands, Moraine Valley Community College’s Executive Director of Corporate, Community and Continuing Education, Steve Pappageorge; Strategic Account Manager of TripWire, Maurice Uenuma; and U.S. Cyber Challenge National Director Karen S. Evans.

In his keynote address, former Federal Chief Information Officer, Tony Scott congratulated the participants on the investment they are making into developing their cybersecurity talent. “The skills you’ve developed here at the U.S. Cyber Challenge camp are the building blocks that our government and corporations need for the future.”

Throughout the week, participants received in-depth classroom instruction from experts in the cybersecurity field on topics including packet crafting and penetration testing. Each of the campers were vetted through an online competition, called Cyber Quests. Over a thousand registered for Cyber Quests across the country and the top performers were invited to attend one of the three USCC camps.

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 featured 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, 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


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.

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