Some of the nation’s top cybersecurity talent competed this past week in the annual U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) Cyber Camp at Moraine Valley Community College.
During the five-day intensive boot camp, individuals were able to participate in a variety of classes that covered packet crafting penetration testing and tactical post exploitation techniques as well as compete in a virtual “Capture the Flag” competition (CTF) to demonstrate their cybersecurity skills in a free-form environment. Former United States Chief Information Officer under President Obama, Tony Scott, was the keynote speaker at the camp award ceremony following the CTF competition on Friday, Aug. 4.
Attendees at the invitation-only camp were selected based partly on their scores from Cyber Quests, an online competition offered through USCC in April and May that drew over 1,000 registrants nationwide.
“Cybersecurity is at the frontline of our country’s national security defense strategy,” Scott said. “Identifying the talent, as we see at U.S. Cyber Challenge camps, and navigating them down the road to future success as leaders in the field is pivotal in building the workforce and significantly reducing our nation’s vulnerabilities.”
In addition to Tony Scott, other speakers included Dr. John Sands, director of the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA) and Moraine Valley professor/department chair of information technology; Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins, president of Moraine Valley; Doug Logan, CEO of Cyber Ninjas; and Karen S. Evans, national director of USCC.
The camp is supported in part through partnerships with Amazon Web Services, the Association for Federal Information Resources Management, Adaptive Cyber, Cambridge Global, Center for Cyber Safety and Education, CenturyLink, Cyber Ninjas, Cyber Vista, Defense Point Security LLC, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal CIO Council, (ISC)2, Monster Government Solutions, NIC, PCMG, Procession Systems, Queen Associates, SANS Institute, and Sherman Consulting.
The 2017 Cyber Summer Camp Series featured three week-long camps located in Delaware, Illinois and Utah. The camps are an integral part of the USCC mission to identify and develop cybersecurity talent to reduce the nation’s cybersecurity workforce gap. Participants are encouraged to continue developing their skills and network with like-minded individuals by becoming active members in CyberCompEx.org, an online community specifically geared toward cybersecurity enthusiasts.