U.S. Cyber Challenge and Virginia Tech to Host Cybersecurity Executive Roundtable

Education and Technology Experts Will Convene to Focus on Solutions to Cyber Workforce Shortage

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho, June 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Scott Midkiff, Virginia Tech's chief information officer and vice president for information technology, and Karen Evans, national director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge, are hosting a roundtable discussion featuring national experts from government, technology, and academia on June 25 at 11:15 a.m. at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center (110 Shenandoah Avenue, Roanoke, Va.).

The event, 2013 Eastern Regional Cyber Security Boot Camp Executive Roundtable Discussion, examines the critical gap in the cybersecurity workforce and identifies opportunities for closing the gap through creative partnerships and increased focus on education. The Executive Roundtable includes Ernest McDuffie, lead for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), National Institute of Standards and Technology, and executives from sponsoring organizations of the U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC). Less than 10 percent of the estimated necessary 30,000 skilled security professionals are in the workplace. It is clear that addressing the gap is a significant priority for the nation. Through discussion and audience interaction, the roundtable will assess where skills are most needed, by whom, and how best to teach them.  Questions to be examined include:

  • Should a minimum set of qualifications of technical skills be taught and tested in cybersecurity programs?
  • Should colleges be incentivized to transform their programming courses to make security an integral part of the teaching and grading?

The event is held in conjunction with the 2013 U.S. Cyber Challenge Summer Camp, taking place at Virginia Tech June 24 through 28.  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 cybersecurity professionals.

Camp curriculum includes in-depth workshops on a range of topics including penetration testing, packet crafting, tactical attacks, and forensics, all taught by college faculty, SANS Institute senior instructors, and other cybersecurity experts.  The week will be capped with a virtual Capture the Flag competition and awards ceremony Friday, June 28.  The ceremony will include remarks from Jim Duffy, Virginia's secretary of technology.

The camp is supported in part through sponsorships by JMA and Heartland Technology Group, (ISC)2 Foundation, SE Solutions, iSight Partners; Threat Space, NIC, Cigital, Engility, CyberAces, the Association for Federal Information Resources Management, Avue Technologies, SANS Institute, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Booz Allen Hamilton, Department of Homeland Security; Science and Technology Directorate, SafeGov and the Federal CIO Council.

More than 60 people are attending the Virginia camp and the executive roundtable.  Attendees to the invitation-only camps were selected based in part on their scores from Cyber Quests, an online competition offered through the USCC in April that drew more than 1,400 participants from almost 800 schools nationwide.  

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 2013 Cyber Summer Camp Series features two national week-long camps and two statewide camps.  The camps are part of several initiatives underway through USCC, a national campaign focused on identifying and developing cybersecurity talent to meet the country's critical cybersecurity workforce needs.

For more information about the Cyber Camp program and each of the specific camps, visit USCC 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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