The National Board of Information Security Examiners, through the U.S. Cyber Challenge Initiative, invites students to take part in its Cyber Quest competition, a fun and challenging online contest open to high school and college students who will compete against their peers across the country for an invitation to one of several Cyber Camps being offered this summer.
Registration opened April 4th at www.USCC.CyberQuests.org.
The 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 Cyber Quest, who are 18 years or older and reside in or go to school in one of the Cyber Camp participating states will then be eligible to attend one of four week-long Cyber Camps being offered across the country in June and August.
State-specific camps are being offered in Southern California and Delaware, while regional camps will take place in Northern Virginia and California (Bay area).
The camps will feature one week of specialized sessions by college faculty, SANS Institute senior instructors and cyber security experts, capped off by a live competition and awards ceremony on the last day.
Cyber camps engage students with tech firms, job fairs
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 students from 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. It’s an exciting time for students to participate – especially with the explosive growth in the cyber security industry,” said Karen Evans, USCC National Director.
“The tremendous knowledge sharing, expert training, and career opportunities presented at the camps is invaluable to helping develop our youth into the next generation cyber security workforce.”
“Our government and U.S. commercial companies are being besieged by attempted cyber attacks every day, and the nation needs as many resources as possible to prevent damage and the theft of intellectual capital. The U.S. Cyber Challenge offers a unique and exciting platform to identify the talent we need to defend our nation,” stated Hon. Mike McConnell former Director of National Security and Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton.
Critical to the nation
“The Cyber Quest competition and Cyber Camps are critical as our nation continually undergoes fast-paced changes in technology. Our growing reliance on digital technology requires concentrated efforts, like these, to identify and best develop the next generation of highly skilled cyber security professionals,” said Michael Assante, President & CEO National Board of Information Security Examiners (NBISE).
Cyber Quest is one of several initiatives underway through USCC, a national public-private partnership focused on identifying and developing cyber security talent to meet the country’s critical cyber security workforce needs.
Cyber Quest is supported in part through sponsorships with Juniper, Avue Technologies, Safegov.org and partnerships with SANS Institute, Booz Allen Hamilton, Cal Poly Pomona, San Jose State University, Delaware Tech, the University of Delaware, and Virginia Tech.
For information about becoming a sponsor of a Cyber Camp, contact Karen S. Evans, National Director firstname.lastname@example.org.
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