U.S. Cyber Challenge Awards Program and Cybersecurity Summit

This event qualifies for 4 CLPs

The U.S. Cyber Challenge serves as a premier program to identify, attract, recruit, train, and place the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.  Top performers from different colleges and universities are offered award winning training from top instructors on new concepts and approaches.  During the cyber camps in the summer, those who qualify participate in discussions with leaders in the cyber field and teams are formed where they compete against others in the region in a "capture-the-flag" competition where the winners win scholarships and prizes.  These winners are acknowledged at the Cybersecurity Summit in October by representatives from the White House.  In addition, the forum includes cybersecurity presentations and panel discussions with senior leaders from government, industry and academia.  

The mission of this initiative is to fill the workforce gap of cybersecurity professionals through a process of assessment, training and employment networking.

This event is being done in collaboration with ACT-IAC and the Center for Internet Security (CIS).

Speaker and Presenter Information


Christopher DeRusha, Federal Chief Information Security Officer, Office of Management and Budget (Confirmed)
Nitin Natarajan, Deputy Director, Office of Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Department of Homeland Security (Confirmed)



Royce Allen, Enterprise Security Architect, Department of Veteran Affairs (Invited)
Jerrod Bates, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Cyber Challenge (Invited)
Kenneth Bible, Chief Information Security Officer, Department of Homeland Security (Invited)
Beth Cappello, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of Under Secretary, Department of Homeland Security (Invited)
Kathryn Condello, Senior Director, National Security and Emergency Preparedness, Lumen (Confirmed)
Anna Ehrhardt, Chief Information Security Officer for DHMSM, Leidos (Confirmed)
John Gilligan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Internet Security (Invited)
Steven Hernandez, Director, Information Assurance and Chief Information Security Officer, Department of Education (Confirmed)
Lea Hurley, Managing Director, Cyber and Strategic Risk, Government and Public Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP (Confirmed)
Nicole Johnson, Managing Editor, GovLoop (Confirmed)
Steven McAndrews, Director Federal Cybersecurity, Office of Management and Budget (Invited)
Luke McCormack, National Director, U.S. Cyber Challenge (Confirmed)
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Network (Confirmed)
Lonnie Price, Vice President for Cyber and Mission Security, Peraton (Confirmed)
Celisa Stephens, Executive Director, Cybersecurity and Intelligence Talent Experience, Department of Homeland Security (Invited)
Dave Wennergren, Chief Executive Officer, ACT-IAC (Confirmed)
Robert Wood, Chief Information Security Officer, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services (Invited)

Other presenters will be named shortly

Relevant Government Agencies

Intelligence Agencies, DOD & Military, Office of the President (includes OMB), Dept of Agriculture, Dept of Commerce, Dept of Energy, Dept of Health & Human Services, Dept of Homeland Security, Dept of Housing & Urban Development, Dept of the Interior, Dept of Justice, Dept of State, Dept of Transportation, Dept of Treasury, Dept of Veterans Affairs, GSA, SSA, NASA, Office of Personnel Management, State & Local Government, NSA

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Wed, Oct 6, 2021, 1:00am - 5:00pm


Government:  $0.00
IAC Members:  $195.00
Non-Members:  $295.00

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