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State of Illinois Cyber Camp 2016
The State of Illinois U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) Cyber Camp will be taking place June 20th - 24th this year at Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL. This competition is a collaborative effort with USCC and the National Resource Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA). The competition will provide a pathway for students, veterans and other jobseekers to develop their skills and talent to fill mission critical jobs in cybersecurity. This effort also addresses key national security issues by offering participants opportunities for testing, training and learning, at no cost, which will prepare them for important jobs in the cybersecurity workforce. The camp focuses on topics such as intrusion detection, penetration, and forensics. SANS Institute will teach all the workshops. SANS Institute is the largest source for information security training and certification in the world.
Attendance to all USCC’s summer Cyber Camps are by invitation only. Participants will be invited to attend if they met sufficient expectations on the qualifying Cyber Quests online competition that took place during the spring.
“We have a significant deficit of well-qualified cybersecurity professionals in our workforce,” said USCC National Director Karen Evans. “Since their inception, our Cyber Camps have proven to be an effective avenue by which skilled talent can develop their abilities even further by our extraordinary team of instructors and be recruited by public and private organizations that attend the job fair.” she said.
USCC is on a 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.
Eligibility & Qualification:
The USCC-sponsored Cyber Quests are a series of fun but challenging on-line competitions allowing participants to demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of information security realms. Each quest features an artifact for analysis, along with a series of quiz questions. Some quests focus on a potentially vulnerable sample web server as the artifact, challenging participants to identify its flaws using vulnerability analysis skills. Other quests are focused around forensic analysis, packet capture analysis, and more. The quests have varying levels of difficulty and complexity, with some quests geared toward beginners, while others include more intermediate and ultimately advanced material.
Once Cyber Quests competition is closed, it will be a few weeks until qualified State of Illinois USCC potential campers are notified if they are invited to attend the camp on June 20th - 24th.
PLEASE NOTE: Campers are required to bring their own computers.
State of Illinois USCC Camp
June 20th - 24th, 2016
Moraine Valley Community College
9000 W. College Pkwy
Palos Hills, IL 60465
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For more information about the Illinois Cyber Camp, please contact Michael Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-608-4241.
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Cybersecurity Boot Camp Highlights Workforce Development in Illinois & Nationwide
Nation’s elite cybersecurity talent participate in US Cyber Challenge program at Moraine Valley Community College
Arlington, VA, June 13, 2016 – A week from today, Illinois’ top cybersecurity talent will descend upon Moraine Valley Community College outside of Chicago to participate in the annual U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) Cyber Camp. Throughout the week-long camp, individuals will participate in a variety of classes that cover such subjects as packet crafting and pen testing, and compete in a virtual “Capture the Flag” competition to demonstrate their cybersecurity abilities in a free-form environment in hopes of winning one of the limited (ISC)2 scholarship vouchers.
“With this partnership, the Center and USCC can actively encourage the upcoming generation of cybersecurity professionals,” said Center for Cyber Safety and Education Director Patrick Craven. “The most recent (ISC)² Global Information Security Workforce Study revealed a workforce gap in the information security field of 1.5 million in the next five years. We see that as an untapped market of potential information security professionals,”
Twenty-five individuals, including U.S. Military veterans, will participate in this year’s Illinois USCC camp and competition. Attendees to the invitation-only camps were selected based in part on their scores from Cyber Quests, an online competition offered through USCC in April and May that drew over 900 registrants nationwide.
“In Illinois, as well as across the nation, our private companies and government institutions are experiencing a significant shortfall in the number of highly qualified cybersecurity specialists to fill their operational needs,” stated National Director for U.S. Cyber Challenge Karen S. Evans. “Our intensive weeklong program faces this problem head-on by offering hands-on skill development training and an opportunity to showcase their abilities in the final competition.”
On Friday, June 24th camp participants will compete in a virtual “Capture the Flag” competition beginning at 8:30 AM. An awards ceremony will follow at 1:00 PM in Fogelson Theater located on the campus of Moraine Valley Community College (9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, Illinois, 60465). Both events, the competition and awards ceremony, are open to the media.
The awards ceremony will include remarks from the Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner (invited); Director of CSSIA John Sands; President of Moraine Valley Community College Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins; Strategic Account Manager at Tripwire Maurice Y. Uenuma; CEO of Cyber Ninjas Doug Logan; and U.S. Cyber Challenge National Director Karen S. Evans.
The 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.
For more information about the Cyber Camp program and each of the specific camps, visit U.S. Cyber Challenge online at www.uscyberchallenge.org
About U.S. Cyber Challenge:
U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) is a program of the Center for Internet Security, 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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