U.S. Cyber Challenge Announces Cyber Quest Competition -- Winners Can Earn Invitation to Top-Notch National Cyber Camps Being Held this Summer

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Online Cyber Quest registration is open through April 30 and offers individuals the chance to attend Cyber Camps offering expert training and opportunities for scholarships, internships and employment.

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The Center for Internet Security, through the U.S. Cyber Challenge Initiative, today announced the second competition in its series of Cyber Quests, a fun and challenging national online contest open to individuals age 18 and older who will compete for an invitation to one of several Cyber Camps being offered this summer. The April Cyber Quest registration is now open and the competition ends May 1, 2011.

The April Cyber Quest competition features a series of quiz questions based on analysis of a packet capture file which participants will analyze on their own machines, looking for signs of attack and other activity. Participants will have 24 hours from the time they begin the quiz to complete it. Winners will be determined based on who achieves the highest score in the shortest amount of time.

Winners of the April Cyber Quest will be eligible to attend one of four weeklong Cyber Camps being offered across the country in July and August. State-specific camps are being offered in California and Delaware, while regional camps will take place in Missouri and Virginia. The camp in California will be open to Cyber Quest winners from California, Arizona, Nevada and Oregon; the Delaware camp will be open to winners from Delaware; the Missouri camp will host any Quest winner west of the Mississippi (except those participants in the California camp); and the Virginia camp will host Quest winners from all states east of the Mississippi (except Delaware).

The camps will feature one week of specialized sessions by college faculty, SANS Institute senior instructors and cyber security experts, capped off by a “capture the flag” competition and awards ceremony on the last day. In addition to providing expert training for participants to improve their skills and marketability, the Cyber Camps will also provide students the opportunity to engage with major technology companies and government agencies at onsite job fairs for scholarship, internship and employment opportunities.

“We encourage all students across the country to register for the Cyber Quest competition and take the challenge to vie for an invitation to one of the Cyber Camps,” said Karen Evans, USCC National Director. “The tremendous knowledge sharing, expert training, and career opportunities presented at the camps are invaluable to helping develop our youth into the next generation cyber security workforce.”    

The Cyber Quests and Cyber Camps series are part of several initiatives underway through U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC), a national public-private partnership focused on identifying and developing cyber security talent to meet the country’s critical cyber security workforce needs. Sponsorship support for the Quests and Camps is provided by the SANS Institute along with i2, Juniper, SE Solutions, SecureInfo, the federal CIO Council, US Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate, Lockheed Martin, and Microsoft. USCC also collaborates with a number of academic institutions and other partners to conduct the Quests and Camps. Visit the USCC website for a complete list of participating organizations.

For more information about USCC and its programs, contact Renée N. McLaughlin, USCC Executive Director at renee.mclaughlin(at)cisecurity(dot)org

For information about sponsoring a Cyber Camp or other USCC activities, contact Karen S. Evans, USCC National Director at kevans(at)uscyberchallenge(dot)org

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About U.S. Cyber Challenge:
The [U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) is a national coalition of public-private sector entities collaborating to enhance the workforce with the next generation of cyber security professionals through skill development activities, mentoring, and resources, and the facilitation of scholarship, internship and employment opportunities.


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