U.S. Cyber Challenge and Virginia Tech Hosted Successful Cyber Security Competition

ROANOKE, Va., July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Virginia Tech, in partnership with U.S. Cyber Challenge, hosted the U.S. Cyber Challenge Eastern Regional Summer Cyber Camp in Roanoke, Virginia.  The Summer Cyber Camp was conducted June 24-28, 2013, and included four days of instruction by SANS instructors, a career fair, an Executive Roundtable and a cyber competition.

The team consisting of Jim Kozlowski, Rafael Mation, Ross Kaye, Lloyd Jones and William Deitrick emerged as the winner of the competition.
The camp curriculum included 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 week will be capped off by a virtual "capture the flag" competition and awards ceremony on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 1:00pm at Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.  The awards ceremony included remarks from Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell (video); Dr. Charles W. Steger, President, Virginia Tech; Dr. Scott Midkiff, CIO and VP for Information Technology, Virginia Tech; Commonwealth Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey; Rudy Pamintuan, Managing Partner, Heartland Technology Group (HTG); Samuel Schneider, Representative, ISC2; and Karen S. Evans, National Director, US Cyber Challenge.

Heartland Technology Group/JMA presented $1,000 scholarships to each member of the winning capture-the-flag team.
Over 50 individuals attended the Eastern Regional Cyber Camp. 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 (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 Cyber Quests.
The camp participants gained an understanding of the dimensions of the workforce shortage. They learned about opportunities available to them through USCC, its partners and through www.CyberCompEx.org — allowing participants to continue their career paths.    
The 2013 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:
U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) is a program of the National Board of Information Security Examiners (NBISE), a 501(c)3 organization, and has the mission 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 cybersecurity professionals.  USCC's goal is to find 10,000 of America's best and brightest to fill the ranks of cybersecurity professionals where their skills can be of the greatest value to the nation.

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