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Hackers Convene in Utah for Western Regional U.S. Cyber Challenge Program

Published: July 26, 2016 | Category: Academics

U.S. Cyber ChallengeU.S. Cyber Challenge begins its final boot camp of the season next week in Utah at the Western Regional Cyber Camp. Over 25 participants, who qualified for the camp based on their scores from the Cyber Quest competition in April, will gather at Southern Utah University in Cedar City where they will spend five days consumed by intensive instruction by some of the nation’s leading cybersecurity experts. The camp begins on Tuesday, July 26th and ends on Saturday, July 30th with a Capture-the-Flag competition and Award Ceremony recognizing the winners of the competition and the camp participants. Saturday’s competition will test each camper’s individual skills as well as how well they perform in a team environment. Activities at the camp also include an Executive Roundtable, job fair and resume workshop.

“Our program is very timely,” stated National Director Karen S. Evans. “Just last week, the Federal Government released the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Strategy specifically noting the importance of high-level cybersecurity positions to defend our nation. This camp program, where we identify and train potential future leaders in cybersecurity, is essential in supporting the overall national workforce strategy.”

In addition to classwork that includes penetration testing and packet crafting, the camp program will also incorporate an Executive Roundtable on Wednesday, July 27th, where campers will have the opportunity to meet and speak with executives from companies and organizations interested in deepening their cybersecurity bench. Such companies include Workday, Imperva, Nuix, and Cyber Ninjas. The Executive Roundtable, Capture-the-Flag competition and Award Ceremony are open to the press.

The Western Regional camp is supported in part through partnerships with the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, NIC, the Association for Federal Information Resources Management (AFFIRM), SANS Institute, Department of Homeland Security, the Federal CIO Council, Cyber Ninjas, Workday, Amazon Web Services, Monster Government Solutions, CenturyLink, AT&T, and PCM-G. Local sponsors include Imperva, and Nuix.

In addition to the camp program in Utah, USCC has hosted two other week-long camps in in Delaware and Illinois. The camps are an integral part of the USCC mission to identify and develop cybersecurity talent in order to reduce the nation’s cybersecurity workforce gap.

For more information about the Cyber Camp program and each of the specific camps, visit U.S. Cyber Challenge online at www.uscyberchallenge.org

Contact Information:
Laurel Dodgion
435-865-8090
laureldodgion@suu.edu