U.S. Cyber Challenge and Delaware Universities to Host Cyber Security Competition & Executive Guests

Technology Experts and Government Officials Will Attend the USCC Competition and Convene to Focus on Solutions to Cyber Workforce Shortage

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) will host its 3rd Annual Summer Cyber Security Camp Capture the Flag Competition and Awards Ceremony on July 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 competition will begin promptly at 9:00 AM and finish at 1:00 PM.  The winners of the competition will be honored at the Awards Ceremony following the competition at 1:30 PM at Pearson Hall Auditorium at the University of Delaware (151 Academy Street, Newark, Delaware). The awards ceremony will include remarks from US Senator Tom Carper and US Representative John Carney.

During and immediately following the competition, cyber security executives and elected officials will be on hand to discuss the critical gap in the cyber security workforce and identify opportunities for closing the gap through creative partnerships and increased focus on education. 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.  
Executive and governmental representatives will include Ms. Elayne Starkey, State of Delaware Chief Security Officer; Dr. Chase Cotton, Senior Scientist, University of Delaware; Karen Evans, National Director of US Cyber Challenge; Patricia Toth, National Institute of Standards and Technology; US Representative John Carney; US Senator Tom Carper; Mike McGowan, Senator Coons' Office; Dr. Edward Guthrie, Dean, Wilmington University College of Technology; and representatives from Swain Techs, Advantech, L-3 Communications, Verizon Delaware, Bayhealth Medical Center and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Elayne Starkey, State of Delaware Chief Security Officer stated, "I am proud to be hosting this prestigious camp in Delaware for the third consecutive year.  This is an excellent way to identify and nurture students who are considering careers in cyber security."

Winners of the competition will each receive a $1,000 scholarship from (ISC)2.  Sanjay Chhillar, Pennsylvania Chapter President of (ISC)2 and Robert (Mac) A. McKosky, Safe and Secure Online volunteer will present the scholarships.
The event is held in conjunction with the 2012 U.S. Cyber Challenge Summer Camp, taking place at the University of Delaware July 9 - 13.  The camp is designed to provide attendees with intensive training and other opportunities to enhance their skills and become the nation's next generation of cyber security professionals.  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.   
More than 30 individuals are attending the Delaware camp.  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 Internet is a critical part of most Americans' everyday life and that's a good thing, but unfortunately it also means that our economy and critical infrastructure are vulnerable to attacks by hackers. That's where these bright students come in," said U.S. Sen. Tom Carper. "All this week, these talented students have been getting a glimpse into the minds of the hackers and learning how to thwart their attacks. These camps serve as a way for us to help train and guide the future guardians of the Internet. I thank them for their hard work and urge them to consider government service both at the state and federal level as we work to protect against these Internet-based attacks."

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.
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.

Visit Us Online: www.uscyberchallenge.org
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