U.S. CYBER CHALLENGE FAQ
What is the U.S. Cyber Challenge?
USCC is a national program focused on identifying and developing cybersecurity talent to meet the country’s critical cybersecurity workforce needs. USCC develops and conducts competitions and on-site camps that enable eligible participants—including high school, college and post-graduate students—to develop their skills, gain access to advanced training and achieve recognition with scholarships, internships and jobs. USCC’s goal is to find 10,000 of America’s best and brightest to fill the ranks of cyber security professionals where their skills can be of the greatest value to the nation.
What Competitions are available other than the USCC?
You can search for other competitions on the http://www.cybercompex.org portal.
How can participants get involved?
Sponsors: Sponsors are needed to provide scholarships for students and to support the operation of competitions and camps. If you are interested in becoming a USCC sponsor, please contact: Rudy Pamintuan, USCC Director of Communications: RPamintuan@uscyberchallenge.org.
How can I contact U.S. Cyber Challenge?
Rudy Pamintuan, Director of Communications
U.S. Cyber Challenge – www.uscyberchallenge.org
CYBER QUESTS FAQ
What is a Cyber Quest?
The U.S. Cyber Challenge-sponsored Cyber Quests competition serves as the qualifier for participants to be invited to attend one of the 2019 Cyber Camps. The Camps, offered across the country this summer, are weeklong workshops, labs, and competitions. More details about the Cyber Quests and Camps are described below.
If you played Cyber Quests more than once, which score will be used?
Your highest score will be counted as your final score.
If I played in the previous competitions, do I have to register again or can I use the same User ID I used before?
You must register again. The User ID is unique to each competition.
How is the quiz scored?
The quiz is a series of multiple answer questions. In some cases, more than one answer is correct. In those cases, the question will note that fact. Questions with multiple answers will give partial credit for any correct responses.
Where is the question engine located?
How well do I have to score to get invited to a Cyber Camp?
Cyber Quests winners are determined based on who achieves the highest score in the shortest amount of time.
CYBER CAMP FAQ
What is a Cyber Camp?
Cyber Camps feature one week of specialized cybersecurity training presented by college faculty and cybersecurity experts; a job fair; and a “capture the flag” competition and awards ceremony on the last day.
What are the 2019 Cyber Camp locations, dates, types and durations?
Eastern Regional: June 10 – June 14, 2019
- Location: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
- Overnight camp – housing provided on campus
- Website: Coming soon!
Delaware State Camp: June 24 – June 28, 2019
- Location: Delaware Tech Community College, Conference Center, Dover, DE
- Daytime camp – housing not provided on campus
Western Regional: June 24 – June 28, 2019
Who is eligible to participate in a Cyber Camp?
You must be a US citizen and a competitor participating in Cyber Quests in order to be eligible for the 2019 summer camps.
Do I need to live in the state that is hosting a Camp?
Competitors must be 18 years or older and reside in the participating state or be attending school in the state as follows:
For the Eastern Regional camp: This is a regional camp. The states east of the Mississippi will be included. Housing will be provided on-campus for this camp.
For the Western Regional camp: This is a regional camp. The states west of the Mississippi will be included.
For the Delaware Camp: Must be a resident of the state or attending a school within the state. Invitations may be extended to high school students.
I am no longer in school, but working. May I attend the camps?
You will need to compete in the Cyber Quests competition. Any additional criteria will be posted at the specific sites for each host school. Please see the specific camp website links above under each camp location.
How will I know if I am selected to participate in the summer camps?
The competitors and their scores will be forwarded to the appropriate state selecting officials for review and selection. The selecting officials will notify the competitors. For updated status, visit:
- US Cyber Challenge Site (http://www.uscyberchallenge.org)
- Western Regional (https://www.suu.edu/cose/csis/wr-uscc.html)
- Eastern Regional (Webpage coming soon!)
- Delaware (https://digiknow.dti.delaware.gov/pages/cybersecurity_challenge/2019default.shtml)
- Moraine Valley Community College (http://www.cssia.org/cssia-uscc.cfm)
If I receive an invitation, will I have to provide additional information?
Yes. There is an application process. You may be asked to submit a teacher recommendation, if appropriate, along with a short essay explaining why you want to attend the camp.
If I am selected, do I have to pay for participating in the Cyber Camps?
Camp participants will have to pay for their travel to attend the camps. Students may be offered a scholarship to cover tuition and/or room and board, which varies by camp:
Eastern Regional: $650 (includes housing for the week)
Western Regional: $200 for day camp (no housing included)
Delaware: $200 for day camp (no housing included)
USCC will be providing full scholarships (including room and board) for competitors on the basis of their Cyber Quests scores. Additionally, there will be local scholarships available for tuition (full and partial) awarded based on your scores, essays, teacher recommendation, and financial need, if appropriate. This information will be included in your invitation letters.
What kind of training and experience will the Camps provide?
The courses combine specialized training sessions recorded by college faculty, top SANS Institute senior instructors, and cyber security experts from the community. The camps will focus on several topics ranging from intrusion detection, penetration testing and forensics. A Capture-the-Flag competition will be held on the last day of camp.
Are there any other activities taking place at the Camps?
Yes. For all the camps, there will be the following activities in addition to classroom instruction and the Capture-the-Flag competition:
- Job Fair: Participants will have the opportunity to meet the sponsors and discuss potential employment.
- Ethics Panel: Representatives from government agencies as well as industry leaders will walk through ethical scenarios with participants.
- Resume Workshop: In preparation for the job fair, a resume workshop will provide guidance to improving participants’ resumes and interviewing skills.
- Online Presence Course: This course will help participants build their personal & professional brand online as they endeavor to further their careers in cybersecurity.
What happens after I complete the Cyber Camp?
The competitors who rise to the top will be invited to continue to participate in the developing Cyber Challenge community. Members of the community will have access to additional educational and employment opportunities such as internships with government entities and/or private industry, grants, or scholarships to study advanced cyber security programs. All participants of USCC Cyber Camps are also encouraged to join the CyberCompEx.org community to continue networking with other individuals in the field, stay up-to-date on competitions and events, and ultimately continue their personal growth in the cybersecurity space.
How can I help?
If you are interested in sponsoring a cyber camp, please contact Rudy Pamintuan, Dicrector of Communications, and U.S. Cyber Challenge at RPamintuan@uscyberchallenge.org.
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Rudy Pamintuan, Director of Communications