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Join the  Team  to Become a Cyber Athlete

Cybersecurity skills are in 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.

Athletes walk away with specific training, and maybe win the chance to go to the US Cyber Combine or become a member of the US Cyber Team to compete at the ICSC in Athens, Greece. 

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Why  Apply

Who should apply to become a Cyber Athlete?

  • Anyone with cyber gaming experience is encouraged to apply to compete in the US Cyber Open (only US citizens between the ages of 18 and 26 will be considered for the US Cyber Combine and Team)
  • Self-starters who are willing to try new games
  • You must have the ability to travel and an active passport by September 2021
  • Athletes should also be interested in: 
    • Cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines
    • Teaming with others
    • Obtaining skills in reconnaissance, cryptanalysis, operations security, forensics, malware analysis, and more

Why Play?

  • Obtain training, networking, and even potential employment opportunities
  • Validate your current cyber skills
  • Learn skills in areas such as reconnaissance, cryptanalysis, operations security, forensics analysis, and malware analysis 
  • Include Digital Badges as a tangible certification for social profiles, applications, and resumes
  • Athletes chosen for the US Cyber Team will travel to Greece as the first-ever team to compete at the international level
  • Show off your Cyber Athlete Swag

Important Information for Cyber Athletes

  • Cyber athletes should be aware that their time for training and studying is all voluntary and they will receive no compensation.
  • The time commitment for cyber athletes will vary between 4 and 8 hours per week depending on the intensity of the training.
  • Travel expenses will be paid for those athletes who make the US Cyber Team and are chosen for the ICSC competition.

About the  Application Process

What do I need to apply for the US Cyber Open?

Applicants must: 
  • Everyone is encouraged to compete in the US Cyber Open (Only US citizens aged 18–26 will be eligible for the US Cyber Combine and Team)
  • Have experience or interest in online cybersecurity competitions
  • Have access to a laptop or PC with a modern web browser and internet connection
  • Complete the online application
  • Be excited about playing in the first US Cyber Games

How does the application process work?

  • Cyber athletes wishing to compete in the US Cyber Open will complete an online application. 
  • The application will be reviewed and an acceptance/rejection email reply will be sent.
  • Any athlete who successfully completes the US Open and continues to participate in the US Cyber Combine Invitational will also complete a Cyber Aptitude Typology Indicator (CATI). This assessment provides each participant with a cyber personality type, similar to the Myers-Briggs, and behavior values to understand information gathering, processing, and decision-making preferences for each player athlete. Athletes will also undergo a series of interviews with the coaching team. 
  • Cyber athletes who are drafting onto the US Cyber Team must be 18 to 26 years old and a US Citizen with a valid US passport (issued to them by September 30, 2021, and that does not expire before May 2022).

Good Luck!

Successful applicants will receive an email from the program coordinator with their acceptance material.