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Cybersecurity talent competed to achieve recognition for network solution skills

San Jose, CA, August 9, 2013 – San Jose State University, in partnership with U.S. Cyber Challenge, hosted the U.S. Cyber Challenge Western Regional Summer Cyber Camp in San Jose, California.  The Summer Cyber Camp was conducted August 5-9, 2013, and included four days of instruction by SANS instructors, a career fair, an Executive Roundtable and a cyber competition.

On Friday, August 9, 2013, the camp concluded with a “capture-the-flag” competition. Jason Reinstedler of Diablo Valley Community College and Benjamin Donnelly of Spokane Falls Community College emerged as the winning team of the competition.

The camp curriculum included in-depth workshops on a range of topics, including penetration testing, reverse engineering, and forensics, all taught by college faculty, SANS Institute senior instructors and other cyber security experts.  The week was capped off by an awards ceremony on Friday, August 9, 2013 at 1:00pm at the Barrett Ballroom Student Union at San Jose State University.  The awards ceremony included remarks from San Jose State University President Dr. Mohammad Qayoumi; Gary Warzala, Chief Information Security Officer of VISA; Edward Chang of ISC2; Joseph Melookaran, President of JMA Information Technology, Inc.; and Karen S. Evans, National Director, US Cyber Challenge.

ISC2 and JMA Information Technology, Inc. presented scholarships to the winning capture-the-flag team.

Over 75 individuals attended the Western Regional Cyber Camp. Attendees to the invitation-only camp were selected based in part on their scores from Cyber Quests, an online competition offered through the U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) in April that drew over a thousand participants from over 400 schools nationwide.

During the camp, participants gained an understanding of the dimensions of the workforce shortage. They learned about opportunities available to them through USCC, its partners and through — allowing participants to continue their career paths.

The 2013 Cyber Summer Camp Series features two national weeklong camps and two statewide camps.  The camps are part of several initiatives underway through USCC, a national campaign focused on identifying and developing cyber security talent to meet the country’s critical cyber security workforce needs.

For more information about the Cyber Camp program and each of the specific camps, visit U.S. Cyber Challenge online at


About U.S. Cyber Challenge:

U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) is a program of the National Board of Information Security Examiners (NBISE), 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.