In the Virginia Cyber Cup Capture the Flag, competing teams will tackle problems in scenarios designed to model real-world computer security challenges across a range of categories that includes cryptography, network traffic analysis, reverse engineering, steganography, and more.
This competition is hosted by the Virginia Cyber Range.
Cyber Security is one of Governor McAuliffe’s top priorities and a key component of the New Virginia Economy. In order for Virginia to continue leading in this rapidly evolving space, we need to develop a sustainable talent pipeline capable of providing skilled, industry ready workers to meet this increasing demand. A recent report by the Business Higher Education Forum indicates that Virginia has the second highest concentration of cyber job postings behind California. Within the DC, Maryland, Virginia region, there were over 33,000 cyber security openings - over 17,000 in Virginia alone. Through the work of the Virginia Cyber Commission, a holistic, education-centric approach to advancing cyber in the Commonwealth has been developed and included in the Governor's introduced budget.
For nearly three hours Thursday night, cyber attacks shot like precision-guided missiles into software built by a team of computer scientists from the University of Virginia and GrammaTech, an Ithaca, NY-based cybersecurity firm.
Over and over, the computerized attackers scoured for vulnerabilities during a first-of-its-kind Cyber Grand Challenge competition, hosted by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. And over and over, UVA’s and GrammaTech’s automated system, called Xandra, detected and closed security holes, even earning a cheer from the watching crowd when it found one security problem that DARPA programmers didn’t even know existed.
U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) announced on Thursday that Virginia Tech will receive $19,420,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help increase cyber workforce development and encourage scientific partnerships to deliver innovation in the field.
“Investment in a capable and diverse cyber workforce is critical to how we respond to the opportunities and challenges provided by emerging technologies,” Warner said. “This award will help Virginia Tech — one of the top research institutions in the country — to attract the best and brightest young minds into careers in computational molecular science and cyber technology, and allow Virginia to continue to establish a leadership role in the cyber field.”
Governor McAuliffe Announces Tidewater Community College’s designation as a National Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense
NSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in IA/CD programs. The goal of these programs is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in IA/CD and producing a growing number of professionals with IA/CD expertise in various disciplines. Designation is valid for five academic years, after which the school must successfully reapply in order to retain its CAE designation.
Students attending CAE IA/CD-E and CAE IA/CD-R schools are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program. Designation as a Center does not carry a commitment for funding from NSA or DHS.
CAE IA/CD institutions receive formal recognition from the U.S. Government as well as opportunities for prestige and publicity for their role in securing our Nation's information systems.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has selected cyber security as the focus of his National Governors Association Chair's initiative.
This initiative will place states at the center of defining solutions to the growing cyber threats facing our country.Learn More