Tuesday, April 29, 2014

U.S. Cyber Challenge Cyber Quest

So, you think you got TALENT… 
Let’s put your skills to the TEST! 
Cyber Quests is an on-line competition that will test your talent. 


What is a Cyber Quest?

The U.S. Cyber Challenge-sponsored Cyber Quests are a series of fun and challenging online competitions allowing participants to demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of information security disciplines. The Cyber Quests competition serves as the qualifier for students to be invited to attend one of the 2014 Cyber Camps. The Camps, offered across the country this summer, are weeklong workshops, labs, and competitions. More details about the Cyber Quests and Camps are described below.

What information do I need to provide to register?
To play Cyber Quests, please provide an e-mail address, year of birth, name, city, country, home address, phone number, and school information, if applicable, when you register.

Can I play more than once to improve my score?
Yes. You will be able to register once and play up to three (3) times. Your highest score will be counted as your final score.

If I played in the previous competitions, do I have to register again or can I use the same User ID I used before?
You must register again. The User ID is unique to each competition.

What online resources can I use to learn more about web information security?
There are a number of online resources available to learn more about information security; the following sites relate directly to Cyber Quests:

· The SANS Institute Security Resources Page
· The SANS Reading Room
· nmap.org
· SecLists.org
· ha.ckers.org

How much time will I have to complete the Cyber Quests challenge?
You will have 24 hours from the time you begin each of your three attempts to complete that specific attempt, and you may only submit your answers once per attempt. You must submit the quiz within 24 hours of when you start, or by 11:59 PM EDT on April 30, 2014 (whichever comes first). If you still have the quiz open in your browser at closing time, or if you leave the quiz and don't come back to submit, it will automatically submit whatever answers you have entered so far.

How is the quiz scored?
The quiz is a series of multiple answer questions. In some cases, more than one answer is correct. In those cases, the question will note that fact. Questions with multiple answers will give partial credit for any correct responses.

Can I play with a partner?
Because invitations to the Camps are granted on an individual basis, we encourage you to play as an individual.

Where is the question engine located?

What is the Cyber Quests target artifact for analysis?
The April 2014 Cyber Quests challenge will focus on Infrastructure and Application Security. Participants will download a ZIP file containing 10 artifacts; including packet capture files, log files, HTML, and more, looking for signs of attacks and other issues that are revealed.

What technical resources are required to participate in the Cyber Quests?
The requirements include: a Web browser and the free Wireshark packet analysis software for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux (available as a free download at www.wireshark.com). Additionally, some research on the Internet may be required, and of course, you’ll likely need some creativity!

What should my Cyber Quests analysis not include?
Your analysis should not involve denial of service, nor should it interfere with others participating in the challenge.

How well do I have to score to get invited to a Cyber Camp?
Cyber Quests winners are determined based on who achieves the highest score in the shortest amount of time.


What is a Cyber Camp?

Cyber Camps feature one week of specialized cyber security training presented by college faculty, cyber security experts, a job fair, and a “capture the flag” competition and awards ceremony on the last day.

What are the 2014 Cyber Camp locations, dates, types and durations?
Eastern Regional, June 16 – June 20, 2014
(Overnight camp with 100 participants)
Location: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Delaware State Camp, July 21 – July 25, 2014
(Daytime camp with 100 participants; Open to residents and collegiate students from this state. DE High school students may be included.)
Location: TBD

Illinois: August 4 – 8, 2014
(Overnight camp with 48 participants; Open to residents; collegiate students with a focus towards veterans from this state.)
Location: Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, Illinois (Chicagoland)

Western Regional: August 11 – August 15, 2014
(Overnight camp with 100 participants)
Location: San José State University, San José, CA

Who is eligible to participate in a Cyber Camp?
Competitors participating in the Cyber Quests held from April 16, 2014 through April 30, 2014 are eligible for the 2014 summer camps. Invitations may be extended to participants from other competitions previously held such as Cyber Foundations, CyberPatriot, National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC), and NetWars.

Do I need to live in the state that is hosting a Camp?
Competitors must be 18 years or older and reside in the participating state or be attending school in the state as follows:

For the Western Regional camp: This is a regional camp. The states west of the Mississippi will be included.

For the Eastern Regional camp: This is a regional camp. All states east of the Mississippi with the exception of DE and IL will be included.

For the DE Camp: Must be a resident of the state or attending a school within the state

For the IL Camp: Must be a resident of the state or attending a school within the state

I am no longer in school, but working. May I attend the camps?
You will need to compete in the Cyber Quests competition. Any additional criteria will be posted at the specific sites for each host school. Please see:

· San Jose State University (http://www.sjsu.edu/cyberchallenge/)
· Virginia Tech (website details to come)
· Delaware (website details to come)
· Moraine Valley Community College (website details to come)

How will I know if I am selected to participate in the summer camps?
The competitors and their scores will be forwarded to the appropriate state selecting officials for review and selection. The selecting officials will notify the competitors. For updated status, visit:

· US Cyber Challenge Site (http://www.uscyberchallenge.org)
· San Jose State University (http://www.sjsu.edu/cyberchallenge/)
· Virginia Tech (website details to come)
· Delaware (website details to come)
· Moraine Valley Community College (website details to come)

If I receive an invitation, will I have to provide additional information?
Yes. There is an application process. You may be asked to submit a teacher recommendation, if appropriate, along with a short essay explaining why you want to attend the camp.

If I am selected, do I have to pay for participating in the Cyber Camps?
Camp participants will have to pay for their travel to attend the camps. Students may be offered a scholarship to cover tuition and/or room and board, which varies by camp:

Eastern Regional: $500
Delaware: $200
Western Regional: $500
Illinois: $500

USCC will be providing full scholarships (including room and board) for competitors on the basis of their Cyber Quests scores. Additionally, there will be local scholarships available for tuition (full and partial) awarded based on your scores, essays, teacher recommendation, and financial need, if appropriate. This information will be included in your invitation letters.

What kind of training and experience will the Camps provide?
The courses combine specialized training sessions recorded by college faculty, top SANS Institute senior instructors, and cyber security experts from the community. The camps will focus on several topics ranging from intrusion detection, penetration testing and forensics. A competition will be held on the

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