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National Online Cyber Quest Contest Opens

The National Board of Information Security Examiners, through the US Cyber Challenge Initiative, is holding a Cyber Quest competition open to US high school and college students who will compete against their peers for an invitation to one of several summer Cyber Camps.

The Cyber Quest competition features a series of quiz questions based on analysis of a packet capture file which participants will analyze on their own machines, looking for signs of attack and other activity. Participants will have 24 hours from the time they begin the quiz to complete it. Winners will be determined based on who achieves the highest score in the shortest amount of time.

Winners of the Cyber Quest, who are 18 years or older and reside in or go to school in one of the Cyber Camp participating states will then be eligible to attend one of four week-long Cyber Camps being offered across the country in June and August. State-specific camps are being offered in Southern California and Delaware, while regional camps will take place in Northern Virginia and Northern California.

The camps will feature one week of specialized sessions by college faculty, SANS Institute senior instructors and cyber security experts, capped off by a live competition and awards ceremony on the last day. In addition to providing expert training for participants to improve their skills and marketability, the Cyber Camps will also provide students the opportunity to engage with major technology companies and government agencies at onsite job fairs for scholarship, internship and employment opportunities.

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