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CHIPS Articles: Open to Federal Employees: 2nd Annual President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition

Open to Federal Employees: 2nd Annual President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition
By CHIPS Magazine - July 30, 2020
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced the opening of individual and team registration for the second annual President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition. The competition is open to any Federal Executive branch employee, including the Department of Defense and uniformed service members, with a special talent for cybersecurity.

In an Executive Order on America’s Cybersecurity Workforce issued in May 2019, the President called for an annual interagency effort to identify, challenge, and reward the government’s preeminent personnel supporting cybersecurity and cyber excellence. The competition tests participants in a range of areas from the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, including cyber defense, cyber exploitation, forensics, and more, CISA said in a release.

“The federal cybersecurity workforce is a strategic asset that protects our citizens, homeland and the American way of life. CISA is proud and excited to lead the second annual President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition to measure the knowledge, skills and abilities of the diverse cybersecurity talent within government,” said CISA Director Christopher Krebs. “We incorporated feedback from last year by adding specialty tracks for individual competitors and made other improvements to make the competition more challenging, engaging and rewarding.”

Individual competition is divided into two tracks, incident response and forensics, and another will focus on exploitation analysis and vulnerability assessment analysis. Teams will be limited to five members from their own agencies and respond to challenges from across the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. The competition consists of two qualification rounds online, with the final round taking place in-person at CISA facilities in Arlington, Virginia.

Registration for team competition is open Aug. 14, while individual competitors have until Aug. 28. Federal employees can visit www.cisa.gov/presidentscup to register and learn more.

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