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Wilmington University Hosts U.S. Cyber Security Challenge

Prestigious competition offers real test for those considering computer security careers.

New Castle, Delaware – Wilmington University is hosting the fourth annual United States Cyber Challenge Delaware "camp" for high school, undergraduate and graduate students at the New Castle campus this week.

The program is held in conjunction with the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Wilmington University, Delaware Technical Community College and the State of Delaware.

Running through Friday, 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 off by a virtual Capture the Flag competition and awards ceremony on Friday, July 12, 2013.  The competition will begin at 9:00 AM and the awards ceremony will begin at 1:30 PM at the Audrey K. Doberstein Center located on the New Castle Campus of Wilmington University. Both events are open to the media. The awards ceremony will include remarks from Karen S. Evans, National Director of US Cyber Challenge; Allen Paller, SANS Institute; Marc Noble, Director of Government Affairs, (ISC)2; and Patricia Toth, National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Over 50 individuals are attending the Delaware camp. Attendees to the invitation-only camps 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 1,400 participants from more than 800 schools nationwide.  

Camp participants gain an understanding of the dimensions of the workforce shortage – and see how critical their technical skills are to the solution. They also learn about opportunities available to them through USCC and its partners. 

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 www.uscyberchallenge.org.

For more information on the Delaware camp, contact Mark Hufe at mark.j.hufe@wilmu.edu.  

About Wilmington University 

Wilmington University is a private, nonprofit university committed to offering flexible and career-oriented undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs while maintaining small class sizes, individualized attention and affordable tuition. For more information, contact Wilmington University at 302-356-INFO (4636) or toll free 877-967-5464, via email at infocenter@wilmu.edu or visit our website at www.wilmu.edu.

Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - New Castle, DE