US Cyber Challenge


The mission of U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) is 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.

Competition Runs Every April

Cyber Quests is a series of fun but challenging online 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.

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Cyber Camps

USCC Summer Camps feature one week of specialized cybersecurity training that includes workshops, a job fair, and a culminating "Capture the Flag" competition.

The workshops are led by college faculty, top SANS Institute instructors, and cybersecurity experts from the community. The workshops and presentations focus on a variety of topics ranging from intrusion detection, penetration testing and forensics.

Participants can also participate in a job fair that provides them the opportunity to meet with USCC sponsors and discuss potential employment.

The week long program ends with a competitive "Capture the Flag" competition and an awards ceremony attended by notables in the cybersecurity industry and government.

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