SAIC, The State Of Maryland, And UMBC Announce 2013 Maryland Cyber Challenge

 SAIC, The State Of Maryland, And UMBC Announce 2013 Maryland Cyber Challenge

Cyber Competition Drives Education and Careers in Cybersecurity

PR Newswire

MCLEAN, Va., July 8, 2013

MCLEAN, Va., July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Science Applications International
Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI), Maryland's Department of Business and
Economic Development (DBED), and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
(UMBC) announced the third annual 2013 statewide cyber competition, the
Maryland Cyber Challenge™, will be held October 8 through October 9 at the
Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Registration is now open
for aspiring cyber warriors from around the nation to compete at the Maryland
event, located in the growing epicenter for the cybersecurity industry.

The Maryland Cyber Challenge™ is designed to attract more students and young
professionals to pursue careers in cybersecurity and is held in conjunction
with the CyberMaryland2013 Conference and Cyber Hall of Fame. It is the
premier statewide cyber competition showcasing today's students and tomorrow's
technologists with three levels of competition: high school, college and
professional. Teams will have the opportunity to develop and improve their
cybersecurity skills in a real-world environment. Founders of the event
include SAIC, UMBC, DBED, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), and the
Tech Council of Maryland (TCM).

Orientation sessions for teams in each of three divisions -- high school,
collegiate and industry and government professionals -- will be held at UMBC
in July and August. Two qualifying rounds will be conducted online using
SAIC's Cyber Network Exercise System (CyberNEXS™), a scalable training,
exercise and certification system that has successfully sharpened the
cybersecurity skills of more than 15,000 students and professionals globally.
CyberNEXS™ is expected to be a part of planned solutions company Leidos, Inc.,
following SAIC's planned separation into two independent, publicly traded
companies, subject to board of directors approval, as announced Aug. 30, 2012.

The final rounds of the challenge will be held at the conference as part of
Maryland's activities to recognize the 10^th anniversary of National Cyber
Security Awareness Month. High school teams will compete in a cyber-defense
challenge, while collegiate and professional teams will go head-to-head in a
"capture the flag" scenario. Winners of each division will be announced on
October 9 during the CyberMaryland Conference.

The CyberMaryland Conference is a two day event designed to showcase industry
innovations, create a platform for discussing cyber policy, recognize cyber
pioneers and groom the next generation of IT experts. The goal of the event
is to further demonstrate why Maryland is considered the nation's epicenter
for information security excellence. In 2012, the Conference attracted over
800 cyber leaders and professionals from across the country. This included
federal, state and local government agency leaders, educators, private
industry CTOs, CISOs, analysts and technologists, cyber security entrepreneurs
and investors. Conference registration will open in the coming weeks. For more
information, go to 

More details about the event will be announced in the coming weeks ahead.

Quick Facts:

  oStarted in 2011 as the Maryland Cyber Challenge and Conference
  oOpen to competitors nationwide
  oThree divisions include high school, college and professional
  oTeam size: 3-6
  oPowered by the SAIC CyberNEXS competition engine
  oTechnical focus: vulnerability mitigation, computer forensics, cyber
    defense and capture the flag
  oApproximately 700 competitors across 115 teams in the past two years
  oMore than $160K in awards distributed over the past two years by the
    National Security Agency and SAIC

Key Dates:

  oOrientation sessions and practice rounds will begin in July 2013
  oQualification Round 1 for all divisions is tentatively September 21, 2013
  oQualification Round 2 is tentatively September 26
  oCram sessions for final teams will be held the week of September 30, 2013
  oFinals are in person October 8-9, 2013 at the Baltimore Convention Center
  oWinners and awards will be announced at the completion of finals

Supporting Quotes:

State of Maryland
"In Maryland, we are committed to advancing cyber innovation and growing our
Innovation Economy," said Governor O'Malley. "The Maryland Cyber Challenge
showcases the work of our State's highly-skilled and talented students and
professionals whose work helps to establish Maryland as the nation's epicenter
for cybersecurity."

"The Maryland Cyber Challenge enables us to support the robust cyber industry
in our State and to excite young Marylanders about defending our nation's
cyber systems," said Freeman A. Hrabowski. "We are delighted to again have
strong partners in cultivating new talent and promoting this crucial

"The growing cybersecurity field is becoming a standard specialty within STEM
education. Future cyber experts can become better skilled to help protect our
nation's critical information infrastructure," said Lou Von Thaer, SAIC senior
vice president and sector president. "By bringing together great minds to
take on challenges, whether policy or technical, we contribute directly to
protect national security, advance education and grow careers."

National Cyber Security Alliance
"As 21^stCentury innovation continues to be affected by cyber issues, careers
in cybersecurity are more important than ever before," said Michael Kaiser,
executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance. "We're thrilled to
see activities like the Maryland Cyber Challenge that develop and intrigue
young minds to consider the profession and look forward to an inspiring event
where we hope many participants walk-away with a strong desire to pursue the

Follow the Maryland Cyber Challenge:

Twitter: @MarylandCyber

About SAIC
SAIC is a FORTUNE 500^® scientific, engineering and technology applications
company that uses its deep domain knowledge to solve problems of vital
importance to the Nation and the world, in national security, energy and the
environment, critical infrastructure, and health. The Company's approximately
38,000 employees serve customers in the U.S. Department of Defense, the
intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other U.S.
Government civil agencies and selected commercial markets. Headquartered in
McLean, Va., SAIC had annual revenues of approximately $11.2 billion for its
fiscal year ended January 31, 2013. For more information, visit SAIC: From Science to Solutions®

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