SJSU Today: Prepping for U.S. Cyber Challenge

SJSU Today: Prepping for U.S. Cyber Challenge

On April 6, SJSU hosted the first U.S. Cyber Challenge CyberQuests preparatory day camp. U.S. Cyber Challenge CyberQuests are online competitions that test competitors’ abilities to identify vulnerabilities in a virtual network and answer questions related to their findings.

The camp content was led by Alex Levinson, CyberQuests top scorer, technology lead for U.S. Cyber Challenge and head of operations at Bluebox and Daniel Manson, executive director of the Center for Information Assurance at Cal Poly Pomona. Camp instructors included security professionals Duane Blanchard (Boeing), Daniel Blander (owns and runs two companies focused on security consulting and security awareness), Joshua Chin (one of the founders of Net Force) and Kyle Osborne (Tesla).

SJSU Today: Prepping for U.S. Cyber Challenge

San Jose Mercury News: ‘Cyberwar games’ used more by companies to thwart hackers

San Jose Mercury News: 'Cyberwar games' used more by companies to thwart hackers

“Think of it as a giant scavenger hunt, where you are given a riddle or clue about how to find something,” said Josh Chin, executive director of Southern California-based Net Force, who placed third in the competition. Besides teaching him how to better guard his client’s data, he said, such exercises offer a way to “show how good you are” when pitted against other security experts.

San Jose Mercury News – ‘Cyberwar games’ used more by companies to thwart hackers