SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Tomorrow, U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) along with San Jose State University will host a Capture-the-Flag Competition along with an Awards Ceremony for participants of the 2012 Summer Cyber Camp in the Ballroom of the San Jose State University Student Union. The competition will begin promptly at 8:00 AM and finish at 12:30 PM. The Awards Ceremony will take place in the Barrett Ballroom in the Student Union from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. ISC2 will present $1,000 scholarships to the winning Capture-the-Flag team. Media are welcome to both events.
Speakers and presenters at the Award Ceremony include 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 Galligher, 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 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, reverse engineering, and forensics, all taught by college faculty, SANS Institute senior instructors and other cyber security experts.
The camp and competition are 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 include Facebook, McAfee, nCircle, Symantec, Veracode and Visa.
More than 45 individuals are participating 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 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 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.
SOURCE U.S. Cyber Challenge