U.S. Cyber Challenge Extends Deadline for Cyber Quests Online Competition

Apr 18, 2012, 12:30 ET from SANS Institute from ,U.S. Cyber Challenge

National Online Cyber Quest Contest to Qualify for Invitation to Cyber Camps This Summer Extends Deadline

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho, April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Board of Information Security Examiners, through the U.S. Cyber Challenge Initiative, today announced that the deadline for the Cyber Quest competition has been extended to April 29, 2012. Individuals can register 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 weeklong 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.  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.

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 Quests 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, Wilmington University, and Virginia Tech.  
For information about becoming a sponsor of a Cyber Camp, contact Karen S. Evans, National Director at ="file:///E:/OrderPart/Evans/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.Outlook/7TTLU2LQ/kevans@uscyberchallenge.org" target="_blank">kevans@uscyberchallenge.org
About U.S. Cyber Challenge:

The mission of the US 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 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.

Visit Us Online: www.uscyberchallenge.org

About the National Board of Information Security Examiners (NBISE):

The mission of the National Board of Information Security Examiners (NBISE) is to increase the security of information networks, computing systems, and industrial and military technology by improving the potential and performance of the cyber security workforce.

Visit Us Online: www.nbise.org

SOURCE SANS Institute; U.S. Cyber Challenge