(Colorado Springs, Colorado) The National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) has announced the 2022 Cybersecurity Capture the Flag (CTF) Event as part of the AFCEA Rocky Mountain Cyberspace Symposium 2022. High school students will compete to take home the symposium title and the CTF Flag, with the winning team receiving a $1000 donation to their school’s STEM program. The event will be held February 22nd at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs and will also have a virtual component for schools unable to participate in person. The CTF platform is being provided by Deloitte & Touche LLP, who is also the Presenting Sponsor for the Symposium.
“As our nation addresses the critical gap in cybersecurity talent, the NCC is working to close this gap through educational programs and partnerships that invite students to learn, explore, and build their skills,” said Thomas Russell, NCC Cyber Education Program Manager. “The NCC hosted Colorado Springs’ largest ever cyber capture the flag event, and we look forward to growing it this year.”
High school students can expect to be challenged and compete against other schools across the nation sharpening cybersecurity skills such as ethical hacking and penetration testing. Students will have the opportunity to network and team-build as they compete for the first-place prize donation of $1000 to their school’s STEM department.
“We are thrilled to work with AFCEA and the National Cybersecurity Center to present this wonderful opportunity for high school and college students across the country,” said Ryan Roberts, Principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP. “The Cybersecurity Capture the Flag event is designed to bolster science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and inspire the next generation of talented cybersecurity professionals.”
The high school competition will take place Tuesday, February 22nd, from 10:00am MST – 2:45pm MST and there is no cost to compete. Students who attend the competition in-person will also have access to other symposium events such as hands-on workshops, networking events, and moderated panels.
If interested in joining, students may learn more at https://cyber-center.org/cyber-education/.
About the National Cybersecurity Center
The National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) is a non-profit organization established for cyber innovation and awareness. Established in 2016 from the vision of United States Senator from Colorado John Hickenlooper, in coordination with several people from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) and the community, the NCC serves both public and private organizations and individuals through training, education and research. Discover NCC at https://cyber-center.org.
The NCC’s Cyber Education Program provides cybersecurity leadership, with two main pillars: K-12 education with the NCC Student Alliance, and the Adult Education Initiative. As our nation addresses the critical gap in skilled cybersecurity talent, NCC addresses the importance of cyber education through programs and partnerships that invite students to participate in an ecosystem which encourages them to learn, explore, and build their skills.
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