Blacksburg, VA, June 20, 2014 – U.S. Cyber Challenge, in partnership with Virginia Tech, hosted a cybersecurity competition and award ceremony today for the participants of this year’s Eastern Regional Summer Cyber Camp in Blacksburg, Virginia. The Eastern Regional Camp began earlier this week and included four days of intensive instruction by SANS instructors, a career fair and an Executive Roundtable. Today’s “capture-the-flag” competition was the culminating activity for the program.

The winning team of this year’s competition included Chris Ray, Nathan Harrison and Chad Horack.

The awards ceremony included remarks from Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (video); Karen Jackson, Secretary of Technology, State of Virginia; Dr. Timothy D. Sands, President, Virginia Tech; Dr. Scott Midkiff, CIO and VP for Information Technology, Virginia Tech; John Condon, Founder and Chairman, Ambit Group; Frank Shinault, Representative, ISC2; and Karen S. Evans, National Director, US Cyber Challenge.

The camp curriculum included in-depth workshops on a range of topics, including Windows memory forensics, packet crafting with Scapy 2014, car hacking, and web app pen testing. All classes were taught by SANS Institute senior instructors, college faculty and other cybersecurity experts.

Over 40 individuals attended the Eastern Regional Cyber Camp at Virginia Tech. 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 1200 participants from over 800 schools nationwide.

The 2014 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 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 U.S. Cyber Challenge online at



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.



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