Top Scoring U.S. Cyber Challenge Cyber Quests Winners Gain Entry to EC-Council's Global CyberLympics Ethical Hacking Championship

Winners Also Receive Free Training From EC-Council

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East Greenbush, N.Y. (PRWEB) September 28, 2011

The U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) and the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) today announced the recipient of a seat at the Global Cyberlympics, an international team ethical hacking competition. Chad Weber, a sophomore at Vermont Technical College, earned admission to Cyberlympics by scoring first place in the USCC Cyber Quests, a national competition focused on testing participants’ ability to identify and interpret web application attacks.

Nearly 500 students from more than 160 schools across 43 states registered for Cyber Quests III, which concluded on September 15. A number of post-graduate and professionals participated as well. The second place winner was Ben Toews, a graduate of DePaul University in Illinois. Third place winner was Dan Borges, a senior at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. Winners were determined based on who achieved the highest score in the shortest amount of time. The complete scoreboard of participants is available online.

“I'm very excited at having won this competition, and very thankful for all of the opportunities that the USCC has provided to me,” said Weber.

In addition to providing a seat at the CyberLympics, the EC-Council also sponsored prizes for the first, second and third place winners that include EC-Council’s flagship Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) v7 training, Security+ training library by Element K, official courseware by EC-Council Press, exam vouchers and passes for Hacker Halted, TakeDownCon and CAST cyber security conferences.

“We congratulate the winners, and we are happy to provide them with technical education to further their knowledge and help them on their path to a successful information security career,” said Jay Bavisi, the President of EC-Council. “We are also thrilled to welcome Cyber Quest winner Chad Weber and his team to our Global CyberLympics. We hope that participating in this event will give them the opportunity to test their ethical hacking skills on a global scale and contribute to unifying global cyber defense.”

“Congratulations to our winners and all of our participants,” said Karen S. Evans, U.S. Cyber Challenge National Director. “Thank you to the EC-Council for supporting these talented individuals and helping guide them on the path to becoming the ‘good guys’ who can help us defend against the ever-increasing threats to the nation’s cyber infrastructure.”

In addition to providing training and other awards, the Cyber Quests III competition served as the qualifier for students to be invited to attend the Fall Cyber Camp in North Carolina, being conducted October 10-14 at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory.

The Cyber Quests are part of several initiatives underway through USCC, which conducts national competitions and camps that enable individuals to develop their skills, gain access to advanced training, and achieve recognition with scholarships, internships and jobs.

About EC-Council:
The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in cyber security and e-commerce. It is the owner and developer of 20 security certifications, including Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and Certified Security Analyst /Licensed Penetration Tester (ECSA/LPT). EC-Council has trained over 90,000 security professionals and certified more than 40,000 members. EC-Council’s certification programs are offered by over 450 training centers across 87 countries. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the U.S. Department of Defense via DoD 8570.01-M, the Montgomery GI Bill, National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). EC-Council also operates EC-Council University and the global series of Hacker Halted information security conferences. The global organization is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information about EC-Council visit http://www.eccouncil.org.

About U.S. Cyber Challenge:
The mission of the U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC), a division of the Center for Internet Security, is to significantly reduce the shortage in the cyber workforce by identifying, recruiting and placing 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.

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