Competing in the US Cyber Games program is an incredible way to further cyber skills
ASHBURN, VA, October 24, 2022 – The US Cyber GamesⓇ has announced the members of its second US Cyber Team. The Season II team was selected during a Draft Day event at the Herbert C. Hoover Federal Department of Commerce Building in Washington, D.C., on Monday, October 17, 2022. A total of 30 athletes, ages 18–25 and representing 14 states, were selected over 5 rounds of the Draft. Athletes will train for and compete at the International Cybersecurity Championship (ICC), held in San Diego, California, from July 31–August 4, 2023.
In order to be eligible for the Season II US Cyber Team, hopeful athletes competed in a 10-day-long Capture the Flag (CTF) competition followed by an 8-week US Cyber Combine program. The US Cyber Combine is modeled after combine programs seen across other sporting leagues and focused on athlete evaluations and observations of both technical and interpersonal/soft skills. As well, US Cyber Combine athletes were provided numerous opportunities to learn from and network with industry professionals, government partners, and academics through a series of Tech Talks, mentorship sessions, interviews, and workshops.
“Competing in the US Cyber Games program is an incredible way to further cyber skills, create lifelong relationships, and have some fun. The level of competition was inspiring, and I’m incredibly proud of all of the cyber athletes, coaches, and mentors that participated,” stated Jessica Gulick, Founder and Commissioner of the US Cyber Games. “I look forward to watching these individuals grow and bond over the next several months, and to cheering them on to represent the United States at the ICC.”
Competitors will be coached by Head Coach Ken Jenkins and Assistant Head Coach Dr. Dane Brown alongside Red vs Blue Coach Evan Dornbush, CTF Coach Jacob Elliott, and Assistant Coaches Steve Cobb and Spence Lome. See a full list of coaches and technical mentors at https://www.uscybergames.com/season-2-coaches.
The Season II US Cyber Team Draft Event:
Attendees were welcomed to the event by emcee Dr. Diana L. Burley, Vice Provost for Research and Innovation, American University, and enjoyed keynote speakers Chief Cybersecurity Advisor Kevin Stine at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Deputy Director Nitin Natarajan of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Following the keynotes, 30 athletes were drafted to the Season II US Cyber Team. The event also included awards presented to Season I team members. See website for more information on awardees.
A select group of 23 US Cyber Combine participants was invited to the Season II Development Pipeline Program. Kicking off in January 2023, this program recognizes athletes who demonstrated exceptional potential during the Combine. Athletes participating in this program will receive focused training, education, and mentorship, and upon completion, will be invited to participate in the Season III US Cyber Combine.
The US Cyber Games are led by Katzcy in collaboration with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce, and supported under financial assistance award #70NANB22H102.
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About US Cyber Games®
The US Cyber Games Team is a traveling esports team. Each year, new athletes are considered for selection to the team. US Cyber Games is committed to informing and inspiring the broader community on ways to develop tomorrow’s diverse cybersecurity workforce. Our mission is to bring together elite cyber athletes, coaches, and industry leaders to help scout, train, and send a US Cyber Team to the International Cybersecurity Challenge. Visit https://www.uscybergames.com/ for more information.