U.S. Cyber Challenge
The mission of the U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) is to significantly increase the number of women joining 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.
Program Descriptions and Results
The camps feature a week of specialized sessions by college faculty, SANS Institute senior instructors and cybersecurity experts. The program is capped off by a live competition and awards ceremony on the last day. These Cyber Camps provide students with the opportunities to engage with major technology companies and government agencies at onsite job fairs for scholarships, internships and employment opportunities.
Two full scholarships were offered to the top D.C. metro area female scorers from the qualifying competition. Cynthia Huynh, accepted the scholarship to the Virginia Regional Camp which totaled $500. Cynthia and USCC founder and former Foundation board member, Karen Evans, were featured on the CBS Evening news July 2, 2013.
“Every agency will tell you cybersecurity is their number 1 priority. It’s really about the information and the services that they have.”- Karen Evans, Cyber Challenge Founder and former Foundation Board member