CISA launches contest to identify top cyber talent in government

The DHS and CISA booth at the 2019 RSA conference in San Francisco. (Scoop News Group photo)


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Federal employees will soon compete in a series of increasingly difficult contests showcasing their cybersecurity skills.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency announced the first President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition this week.

President Trump’s executive order in May on cybersecurity workforce called for the competition, which will identify and reward top executive branch personnel.

“Strengthening our federal cybersecurity workforce is key,” CISA Director Chris Krebs said in the announcement. “This competition is designed to be a unique and fun way to engage and reward existing talent, while also encouraging others to get involved and join in this critical mission.”

Offensive and defensive cyber will be on display in two online qualification rounds and a final, in-person round at CISA’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.

Pentagon and civilian government personnel can enter individually or as a team of up to five members from the same agency.

Winners will receive up to a $50,000 bonus from their agency, with all finalists being invited to the award ceremony. Registration runs from Sept. 16-21.

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