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U.S. Cyber Challenge Launches Third Cyber Quest Contest
National Online Cyber Competition Offers Chance to Attend SANS NetWars
Registration for Cyber Quests is available August 15 through September 8, 2011 at 9:00 pm Eastern. The competition is open to all U.S. residents; awards, scholarships and invitations to NetWars and the Fall Cyber Camp are available to U.S. citizens only at this time.
The Cyber Quest features an online quiz designed for an intermediate skill level and based upon a network packet capture file that participants must analyze to identify and interpret various types of network and web application attacks. The competition will open on August 29 and will remain open for analysis by registered participants until September 9. For more information about the Cyber Quests, visit the U.S. Cyber Challenge at www.uscyberchallenge.org.
"We encourage all interested individuals to register for Cyber Quest and take the challenge," said Karen S. Evans, USCC National Director. "The Quest provides a fun way for individuals to test their skills and compete for opportunities to further their knowledge and receive national recognition."
Winners will be determined based on who achieves the highest quiz score in the shortest amount of time. High scoring individuals will win the opportunity to attend a SANS NetWars competition, which allows competitors to hone their skills in such areas as penetration testing and forensics investigations. NetWars participants compete in a mock environment to test both their offensive and defensive skills as they defend their network from intruders while trying to take over other networks.
Eligible North Carolina college students can compete for an invitation to the Fall Cyber Camp hosted by Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, NC. Additional awards and scholarships will be available.
The Cyber Quests are part 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.
Sponsorship support for the Quests is provided by the SANS Institute, along with the Federal CIO Council, US Department of Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate, Lockheed Martin and Microsoft.
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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 serving as the premier program to identify, recruit and place 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.