Chicago, IL, July 20, 2018 – Today, U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) hosted a cybersecurity competition at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois, as the final activity for this week’s annual Illinois Cyber Camp. Through the course of this week, individuals who proved a high level of acumen in cybersecurity through an online qualifying competition in April, Cyber Quests, were entrenched in rigorous on-site training in topics such as penetration testing and program analysis. Today’s competition, developed by Merit, was the final test to see how well participants absorbed this week’s training, showcase their skills and prove that they have promise for a future career in cybersecurity. The winning team included Austin Bransky, Oak Latt, and Neiko Rivera. These winners were awarded a scholarship from USCC for their achievement and a voucher for training from (ISC)2.
The awards ceremony included remarks from Chris Hill, Chief Information Security Officer, State of Illinois; Dr. John Sands, Director of CSSIA, Moraine Valley Community College; John Lohrentz, Computer Forensic and Intelligence Analyst, Munster Police Department; and Doug Logan, CEO, Cyber Ninjas.
In his keynote address, Chris Hill congratulated the participants on their accomplishments this week and put the need for their skills into perspective by stating that “the worst day in America could start with a click.” Cybersecurity talent is desperately needed in both the public and private sectors to secure our networks and protect our nation.
The Illinois Cyber Camp is supported in part through partnerships with Accenture, Amazon Web Services, the Association for Federal Information Resources Management (AFFIRM), Center for Cyber Safety & Education, Center for Internet Security (CIS), CenturyLink, Cyber Ninjas, Defense Point Security LLC, the Department of Homeland Security, Duo, (ISC)2, Monster Government Solutions, NIC, SANS Institute, and Sherman Consulting.
The 2018 Cyber Summer Camp Series features four week-long camps located in Delaware, Illinois, Nevada and Virginia. In line with the mission of USCC’s parent organization, the Center for Internet Security (www.CISecurity.org), the camps are an integral part in the mission to identify and develop cybersecurity talent in order to reduce the nation’s cybersecurity workforce gap and safeguard private and public organizations from cyber threats. Participants in USCC programming are encouraged to continue developing their skills and network with like-minded individuals by becoming active members in CyberCompEx.org, an online social community specifically for 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.
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