[Cs-contests] Cyber Quest Competition

Leonid Reyzin reyzin at cs.bu.edu
Wed Apr 20 23:51:48 EDT 2011


*From:* Zlateva, Tanya
*Sent:* Monday, April 18, 2011 11:48 PM
*Subject:* FW: Cyber Quest Competition

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Dear student,

I’d like to bring to your attention a great opportunity to compete for both
recognition and scholarships to intense summer workshops by participating in
the Cyber Quest competition.  The competition is part of the US Cyber
Challenge, a program funded by DHS in partnership with the Center for
Internet Security, SANS, DoD, Microsoft, Lockheed and several other
organizations.  The program is designed to find and support talented young
Americans who can help the nation meet the critical need for skilled cyber
security operators, assessors, and hunters.

The main web site at http://uscc.cyberquests.org/ has a lot of good
information and a fact sheet is attached.   Here is a quick look:

·         Competition registration period: now through April 30.

·         Competition itself:  you may compete any time between April 18 and
May 1. You have 24 hours from the time you start to complete their work.

·         The competition:  Participants will be provided with a network
packet capture file that you must analyze to identify and interpret various
types of network traffic including HTTP, SMB/CIFS, DNS, ARP, and ICMP.
Participants will have to answer questions about the network itself, as well
as the activities of the users on the network. The quiz is designed for an
intermediate skill level.

·         Prizes:  Recognition by state and national leaders, scholarships
to attend cyber camps this summer where top practitioners will share the
most current techniques for cyber defense and you get to practice with the
new tools and techniques in great live competitions.

The cyber camps, that were tested last summer in three states, and were a
great success—here’s a National Public Radio story about one of them:

Each one brings together four of the best teachers on the SANS faculty – the
same people who train the most advanced military and intelligence
practitioners -  for immersion training and daily competitions. Last year’s
participants were overwhelming complimentary in the value they got and how
it and the recognition gave their career preparation a real turbo charge.

I realize the last weeks of the semester are very busy but despite this
encourage you to participate It doesn’t cost anything and it’s a really nice


--Tanya Zlateva


*Tanya Zlateva, Ph.D. *

*Associate Dean for Academic Programs Metropolitan College *

*Director, Center for Reliable Information Systems and Cyber Security

*Boston** University***

*755 Commonwealth Avenue**, Room 103*

*Boston**, MA 02215***

*Tel: 617-353-2568 / Fax: 617-353-6066*
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