U.S. Cyber Challenge and Delaware Universities 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 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) will host its 3rd Annual Summer Cyber Security Camp program on July 9-13, 2012 in conjunction with the Delaware USCC Coordinating Council, which is composed of representatives from the Department of Technology and Information, the University of Delaware, Wilmington University, and Delaware Technical and Community College. The camp includes four days of intensive instruction by SANS instructors, a career fair, and a cyber-attack/defense competition with an awards ceremony to honor the winners of the competition.

Less than ten percent of the estimated necessary 30,000 skilled security professionals are in the workplace – it is clear that addressing the gap has never been greater.  This camp is a tactical response to the Human Capital Crisis in Cyber Security report, issued by the Center for Strategic and International Studies to proactively teach, assess and recruit top cyber security talent for the professional needs in network security.

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 13th at 1:30 PM at Pearson Hall Auditorium at the University of Delaware.  The awards ceremony will include remarks from US Senator Tom Carper and US Representative John Carney.

"The USCC Coordinating Council is passionate about attracting students to the information security field and we are proud to have the State of Delaware emerging as a hotbed for cyber security talent," said Elayne Starkey, Chief Security Officer for the State of Delaware.

The job fair will host companies including Lockheed Martin, the Department of Defense, and Booz Allen Hamilton. Local sponsors for the program include Swain Techs, Wilmington University, Advantech, L-3 Communications, Verizon Delaware, and Bayhealth Medical Center. ISC2 will present $1,000 scholarships to the winning capture-the-flag team.

Thirty individuals will be attending the camp being held on the University of Delaware campus.  Attendees to the invitation-only camps were selected based in part on their scores from Cyber Quests, an online competition offered through the U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) in April that drew over a thousand participants from approximately 400 schools 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.

The 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.   

The 2012 Cyber Summer Camp Series features two national weeklong camps and two statewide camps.  The camps are part of several initiatives underway through USCC, a national campaign focused on identifying and developing cyber security talent to meet the country's critical cyber security workforce needs.

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 US 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.

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SOURCE U.S. Cyber Challenge



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