U.S. Cyber Challenge and Cal Poly Pomona to Host 3rd Annual Cyber Security Summer Camp & Competition

Top Cyber Security Talent will Convene for Training & Competition as Nation Strives to Fill Need for Network Security Professionals

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) will host its 3rd Annual Summer Cyber Security Camp program July 16-20 in conjunction with Cal Poly Pomona.  The camp includes four days of intensive instruction by SANS instructors, a career fair and a cyber-attack/defense competition.

Less than 10 percent of the estimated necessary 30,000 skilled security professionals are in the workplace.  This camp is a tactical response to the Human Capital Crisis in Cyber Security report, issued by the Center for Strategic and International Studies last fall. to proactively teach, assess and recruit top cyber security talent for network security.

"As a society dependent on cyberspace, a well-trained, skilled workforce to defend it is essential," said Mark Weatherford, DHS deputy undersecretary for the national protection and programs directorate. "Stakeholders from all sectors including government, academia and the private sector need to work together to build and maintain this workforce and strengthen our national partnerships. Some of the participants in this Cyber Challenge Camp may be part of the next generation of national cyber defenders who are so critical to our national security and economic success."

The camp curriculum includes in-depth workshops on a range of topics, including penetration testing, networks, wireless security and digital forensics, all taught by college faculty, SANS Institute senior instructors and other cyber security experts.  The week will be capped off by a virtual "capture the flag" competition and awards ceremony on Friday, July 20.

The 40 attendees to the invitation-only camp were selected based in part on their scores from Cyber Quests, an online competition offered through the U.S. Cyber Challenge in April that drew over a thousand participants nationwide.  Cyber Camp invitations were also extended to individuals who demonstrated proficiency in other U.S. Cyber Challenge competitions, such as the Cyber Foundations, CyberPatriot, NetWars, and the DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge.

Camp participants will gain an understanding of the dimensions of the workforce shortage and see how critical their technical skills are to the solution. They will also learn about opportunities available to them through USCC and its partners.  

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

The mission of the U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) is 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 cyber security professionals.

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.

Media Contact: Rudy Pamintuan Sherman Worldwide, 312-961-4710, Rudy@ShermanWorldwide.com

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