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WELCOME TO THE HOME OF THE US CYBER GAMES

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Do you have what it takes?
July 1-10, 2022

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US Cyber Open Virtual Kick-Off Event.
June 30, 2022

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Make an impact on the cybersecurity workforce.

Train. Compete. Win.

The mission of the US Cyber Games is to bring talented cybersecurity athletes, coaches, and industry leaders to build an elite US Cyber Team for global cybersecurity competition.

Games, Esports, and Online Tournaments are the next evolution in preparing tomorrow's workforce.

Cyber Games are a fundamental element to developing the next generation of a diverse and well-qualified community of cybersecurity talent.

Games not only help build a better workforce, they keep the current workforce sharp and maintain a thriving community of cyber professionals prepared for what the future might hold in cyber attacks and possible disruptive innovations.

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Important!
Anyone can enter and play in the US Cyber Open. To qualify to be invited to play in the US Cyber Combine Invitational and potentially move on to be selected as a member of the US Cyber Team, you must be a US citizen aged 18-24 (by Dec. 31, 2023) and willing and able to travel for purposes related to the US Cyber Games.* Additional restrictions may apply.
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Season II  Timeline

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Call for Athletes and Coaches

Athletes

Cybersecurity skills are in huge demand in the workplace. If you’re interested in seeing how well you’re prepared to join one of the hottest job areas, apply to compete in the US Cyber Open and request to be invited to the US Cyber Combine. You could make the Season II US Cyber Team and compete on a global level.

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Coaches

As an expert in cybersecurity, we’re looking to you and the coaching staff to guide our cyber athletes across multiple domains and cybersecurity topic areas, as well as teamwork, problem-solving, communicating, and leading. Through your leadership, you will cultivate a new game-based learning and development strategy that will prepare the US Cyber Team for global competition and help build tomorrow's cybersecurity workforce.

CALL FOR COACHES IS NOW CLOSED

Call for Coaches CLOSED

June 3, 2022, 11:59 PM ET

As an expert in cybersecurity, we’re looking to you and the coaching staff to guide our cyber athletes across multiple domains and cybersecurity topic areas, as well as teamwork, problem-solving, communicating, and leading. Through your leadership, you will cultivate a new game-based learning and development strategy that will prepare the US Cyber Team for global competition and help build tomorrow's cybersecurity workforce.

COACH APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

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US Cyber Open Virtual Kick-Off Event

June 30, 2022

11:00 AM–5:00 PM ET

This LIVESTREAM event will include:

  • Information about the US Cyber Games & first-ever US Cyber Team
  • Highlights from the 2022 International Cybersecurity Competition
  • Panel discussions on gaming, pathways to cyber, and high-performing teams
  • Information on the CTFs you will be playing

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US Cyber Open CTF

July 1–10, 2022

Apply to Play

Deadline to register to play is July 4, 2022, 11:59 PM ET

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US Cyber Combine Virtual Kick-Off Event

July 28, 2022

2:00 PM–4:30 PM ET

This LIVESTREAM event will include:

  • Highlights from the US Cyber Open CTF
  • An introduction to the Season II Coaching Team and Support Crew
  • An industry keynote and panel discussion

Register to Attend

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US Cyber Combine Invitational

August 5–September 5, 2022

By Invitation Only

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US Cyber Team Draft Day

October 17, 2022

We're planning something incredible and will share more information the closer we get to the event date.

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2021 US Cyber Team

The US Cyber Team Competes at the International Cybersecurity Competition (ICC)

Date & Location TBD

The  Power of Games  in Cybersecurity

While education, certification, and apprenticeship are important training instruments, games provide a safe and legal place to practice offensive and defensive techniques in a real-world environment with others.

Redefine Paradigms

Redefine Paradigms

Cybersecurity games help a growing number of individuals realize that cybersecurity goes beyond initial thoughts of IT security controls by delving deeper into motives, tactics, techniques, and multi-pivot strategies. It helps us see that cybersecurity is about motives not just controls.

Drive More Diversity

Drive More Diversity

Games remove the stigma of stereotypes associated with cybersecurity and open a path for players from all kinds of backgrounds, nationalities, education levels, and age groups to learn and grow. This infusion of diverse skills and mindware will contribute to up-leveling our cybersecurity workforce.

Go Beyond Technical

Go Beyond Technical

Games adjust to all skill levels and types. While red versus blue remains a favorite format, today's games can also be focused on policy, forensic puzzles, clue-based escape rooms, and jeopardy questions. This variety trains the workforce for defense in depth and breadth to enable comprehensive risk strategies.

Increase the Talent Pool

Increase the Talent Pool

Today's games can be played across a wide variety of digital platforms with some games only requiring a cell phone to participate. This ubiquitous access enables an extended population of individuals from all age groups, economic backgrounds, and skill levels to learn, compete, and grow.

Immersive Training Experience

Immersive Training Experience

 Today's cyber strategies are about more than just finding needles in haystacks, they are about visibility into and across the surface of the haystack. Unlike traditional classroom teachings and labs, games can provide more real-life, immersive experiences that help athletes experience indicators and threats, and respond through hands-on application of tools, techniques and mitigations.

Safe Places to Attack & Defend

Safe Places to Attack & Defend

Ever wonder why, after spending millions of dollars trying to address the cyber workforce gap, it remains years later? Security professionals lack the ability to test and stretch their skills and learn a new environment with different defenses and threats. Games offer safe and legal environments to experiment, train and learn amongst peers and mentors.

Teamwork, Sportsmanship, and Strategy

Teamwork, Sportsmanship, and Strategy

While Hollywood likes to emphasize the lone hacker taking over the world, the reality is that cyber attack and defense are team activities. Both benefit from the power of a community-based team effort by choosing to share, contribute, and collaborate to achieve a goal or just learn something new.

Why Sponsor  the US Cyber Games?

We’re seeking organizations that share in our overall mission to bring talented cybersecurity athletes, coaches, and industry leaders together to build an elite US Cyber Team for global cybersecurity competition.

Industry Commitment

Show your organization's commitment to building a better and more diverse cybersecurity workforce across the world.

Branding & Visibility

Increase your organization's visibility as a cybersecurity workforce champion.

Recognition & Amplification

Receive recognition for your support of the US Cyber Games and US Cyber Team, and amplify your organization's message to the cyber community.

Did You Know?

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In their Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity, the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) recognizes that those performing cybersecurity work—including students, job seekers, and early professionals—"are lifelong learners throughout their efforts to emphasize and address cybersecurity implications across many domains.” (NICE Framework)

The US Cyber Games is designed to apply the NICE Framework from the start to identify, assess, select, and form the US Cyber Team.