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U.S. Cyber Challenge and Virginia Tech to Host Cybersecurity Executive Roundtable
Education and Technology Experts Will Convene to Focus on Solutions to Cyber Workforce Shortage
Arlington, VA, June 11, 2014 – Richard McKinney, Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Andrew H. Turner, Vice President and Head of Global Cyber Security for Visa, and Karen Evans, National Director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge, are hosting a roundtable discussion featuring national experts from government, technology, and academia on Tuesday, June 17 at 11:15 a.m. at Owens Banquet Hall (150 Kent Street, Blacksburg, VA 24016).
The event, 2014 Eastern Regional Cyber Security Boot Camp Executive Roundtable Discussion, examines the critical gap in the cybersecurity workforce and identifies opportunities for closing the gap through creative partnerships and increased focus on education.
“We are seeing an increase in both quantity and severity of vulnerabilities online, underscoring the importance of finding and developing top cybersecurity talent,” stated Maurice Uenuma, Chief Operating Officer of the Council on CyberSecurity. “This is why leading programs like the U.S. Cyber Challenge Summer Camps are so important- they provide a means to identify promising talent, provide training opportunities, build a community of professionals and connect them with prospective employers. It is imperative for all of us to see the value in these individuals and help them develop and navigate their careers in the industry.”
The Executive Roundtable will also include the following executive participants: Stuart Solomon, Vice President, iSight Partners; John Condon, Chairman and Co-Founder, The Ambit Group; Kim Hayes, CEO and Co-Founder, The Ambit Group; Chris Bjornson, Chief Information Officer, Accenture Federal Services; Shyam Salona, EVP and Chief Technology Officer, REI Systems; Jayne Holland, Chief Information Security Officer, NIC; representatives from (ISC)2; and executives from sponsoring organizations of the U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC).
Less than 10 percent of the estimated necessary 30,000 skilled security professionals are in the workplace. It is clear that addressing the gap is a significant priority for the nation. Through discussion and audience interaction, the roundtable will assess where skills are most needed, by whom, and how best to teach them. Questions to be examined include:
- Should a minimum set of qualifications of technical skills be taught and tested in cybersecurity programs?
- Should colleges be incentivized to transform their programming courses to make security an integral part of the teaching and grading?
The event is held in conjunction with the 2014 U.S. Cyber Challenge Summer Cyber Camp, taking place at Virginia Tech June 16-20, 2014. The camp is designed to provide attendees with intensive training and other opportunities to enhance their skills and become the nation’s next generation of cybersecurity professionals.
Camp curriculum includes in-depth workshops on a range of topics including penetration testing, packet crafting, tactical attacks, and forensics, all taught by college faculty, SANS Institute senior instructors, and other cybersecurity experts. The week will be capped with a virtual Capture the Flag competition and awards ceremony Friday, June 20.
The camp is supported in part through sponsorships by (ISC)2 Foundation, SE Solutions, iSight Partners, Threat Space, NIC, CyberAces, the Association for Federal Information Resources Management (AFFIRM), Avue Technologies, SANS Institute, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Department of Homeland Security, the Federal CIO Council, Cyber Ninjas, Kearney&Company, Deep Water Point, The Coleman Group, VMD, Valente & Associations, AMBIT, REI Systems and Accenture.
More than 45 individuals will be attending the Eastern Regional Camp at Virginia Tech. Attendees to the invitation-only camps were selected based in part on their scores from Cyber Quests, an online competition offered through the USCC in April that drew more than 1,600 participants from almost 700 schools nationwide.
Camp participants will gain an understanding of the dimensions of the workforce shortage and see how critical their technical skills are to the solution. They will also learn about opportunities available to them through USCC and its partners.
The 2014 Summer Cyber Camp Series features two national camps and two statewide camps. The camps are part of several initiatives underway through USCC, a national campaign focused on identifying and developing cybersecurity talent to meet the country’s critical cybersecurity workforce needs.
For more information about the Cyber Camp program and each of the specific camps, visit USCC online at www.uscyberchallenge.org
About U.S. Cyber Challenge:
U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) is a program of the Council on CyberSecurity, 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.