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CHIPS Articles: US Cyber Games Launches a Cyber Open to Find the Best Cybersecurity Athletes for the Inaugural US Cyber Team

US Cyber Games Launches a Cyber Open to Find the Best Cybersecurity Athletes for the Inaugural US Cyber Team
By NIST News - April 21, 2021
US Cyber Games Launches a Cyber Open to Find the Best Cybersecurity Athletes for the Inaugural US Cyber Team NIST News It’s the kick off of the inaugural US Cyber Games™, led by Katzcy, in cooperation with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The program will run from April to October 2021 and consist of the US Cyber Open, the US Cyber Combine Invitational, and the selection of the first-ever US Cyber Team™ to represent the United States at the 2021 International Cyber Security Challenge (ICSC) held in Athens, Greece in December.

The need for cybersecurity professionals has never been greater and continues to grow. Partnering to launch the US Cyber Games is just one of NICE’s initiatives funded to support strategic goals, including to promote cybersecurity careers and transform learning to build a diverse and skilled cybersecurity workforce. The games will utilize the Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity (NICE Framework) and help drive research on effective practices for cybersecurity workforce development.

The US Cyber Games will identify the very best in cybersecurity through the following process:

US Cyber Open: Applicants ages 18 to 26 from across the nation will compete in a two-week Open Capture the Flag (CTF) competition consisting of a series of virtual cybersecurity challenges, where they will be scored in multiple cybersecurity areas.

US Cyber Combine Invitational: 60 athlete players will be invited to participate in a number of virtual learning games and programs over eight weeks. During this qualifying phase, athletes will undergo an aptitude for cyber evaluation, interview with multiple coaches, and perform in an advanced CTF qualifier round.

US Cyber Team of drafted cybersecurity athletes: 20 top cybersecurity athletes will be selected for the inaugural US Cyber Team to represent the United States at the ICSC in December 2021.

Learn more at uscybergames.com.

This project is supported by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce, under financial assistance award #70NANB21H032.

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