U.S. Cyber Challenge and San Jose State University Announce Winners of the Regional Cyber Camp Capture the Flag Competition

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- US Cyber Challenge (USCC) along with San Jose State University hosted a Capture-the-Flag Competition along with an Awards Ceremony for participants of the 2012 Summer Cyber Camp.  The winning team of the competition included participants Jeff McJunkin, Ross Merrifield, Paul Kim and Paul Cummings.  The winners were recognized at the Awards Ceremony following the competition and were presented $1,000 scholarships by ISC2.

Speakers and presenters at the Award Ceremony included Dorothy Poole, Chief of Staff, San Jose State University; Dr. Mohammad Qayoumi, President, San Jose State University; Gary Warzala, Chief Information Security Officer, VISA; Karen S. Evans, National Director, US Cyber Challenge; Jim Carr, CISSP-ISSAP, System Security Engineer, Lockheed Martin; Ed Rhyne, Program Manager, Science and Technology, DHS; and Linda Galliher, Bay Area Council.

The event is held in conjunction with the 2012 U.S. Cyber Challenge Summer Camp, taking place at San Jose State University August 6-10.  The camp was 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, reverse engineering, and forensics, all taught by college faculty, SANS Institute senior instructors and other cyber security experts.   

The camp and competition were supported in part through sponsorships with Juniper, Avue Technologies, Safegov.org and partnerships with SANS Institute, Booz Allen Hamilton, and San Jose State University.  Local sponsors included Facebook, McAfee, nCircle, Symantec, Veracode and Visa.

More than 45 individuals participated at the San Jose State University 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 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.

Media Contact: Rudy Pamintuan Sherman Consulting, 312-961-4710, Rudy@ShermanConsultingInc.com

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