BOSTON, August 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Cyberbit, provider of the world’s leading cyber readiness and skills development platform, has announced the International Cyber League: Collegiate Cup, launching October 18e2022.
The ICL: Collegiate Cup is reinventing cybersecurity competition formats by immersing students in real attacks that mirror those they will encounter on the job. Traditional capture-the-flag (CTF) tournaments and hacking competitions test offensive skills that don’t reflect the abilities students will need to demonstrate throughout their careers. Unlike traditional cyber competitions, ICL operates a hyper-realistic cyber roster, simulating cyber attacks using real threat vectors and malware, and places students in a virtual Security Operations Center (SOC) to respond to threats using the commercial security tools they will use on the job. Students are not only tested for their technical skills, but also for soft skills like teamwork and communication, which are essential for next-generation cyber defenders. In this way, ICL provides a trusted benchmark for cybersecurity educators to predict their students’ future success and allows students to experience real-world incident response first-hand.
The number of open positions in cybersecurity in North America exceeds 714,000, according to cyberseek.org. According to New England Institute of Technologythis skills shortage is driving an increased need for skilled graduates, with cybersecurity salaries typically ranging from $85,000 at $130,000 per year. By simulating real-world scenarios, ICL: Collegiate Cup allows students to prove they are qualified for high-paying cyber defense positions in the corporate and government sectors.
ICL: Colleague Cup is open to students in an undergraduate, B.Sc., or associate degree program at a college or university anywhere in the world. Each participating institution is represented by a team of four. The winning team will be crowned “Best Higher Education Cyber Defense Team”. Winners and runners-up will receive valuable prizes including high-end laptops, sports watches, tablets, and more. Tournament topics include networking, malware analysis, Windows and Linux operating system skills, and incident response. During the challenges, participants will receive market-leading security products, including commercial SIEM (Security Information and Event Management), firewall, network analysis tools and endpoint security, to operate the challenges.
This is the second ICL Cyberbit will run in 2022. Earlier this year, Cyberbit concluded a global competition for corporate and government cyber defense teams, which attracted over 200 teams and received rave reviews. The Cyberbit Platform powers the Tournament, the world’s leading skills development and learning platform, used by hundreds of corporate, state and government and higher education institution teams across the whole world. These include Purdue Universitythe University of Maine at Augustaand Miami Dade College.
Sharon RosemanCyberbit CMO, said, “We designed ICL: Collegiate Cup to validate the skills that students will need to demonstrate in their future workplace, and these are not hacking skills, but cyber defense skills. We place them in a virtual arena and launch live cyberattacks, so students who excel at ICL can confidently say they are ready for their careers. »
Registration for ICL: Collegiate Cup 2022 is open. Cybersecurity education leaders and faculty who wish to register their institution or learn more about the event should visit this registration link.
Cyberbit provides hands-on cybersecurity education and training and fills the global cybersecurity skills gap with its industry-leading cyber suite platform. Colleges and universities use Cyberbit Range to increase student enrollment and retention, train industry organizations, and position their institutions as regional cybersecurity hubs by providing simulation-based learning and training. The Cyberbit Range platform provides a hyper-realistic experience that immerses learners in a virtual Security Operations Center (SOC), where they use real security tools to respond to simulated real-world cyberattacks. As a result, it prepares students for their cybersecurity career from day one after graduation and reduces the need for on-the-job learning. Cyberbit offers more than 100,000 training sessions per year on five continents. Customers include Fortune 500 companies, MSSPs, systems integrators, higher education institutions and governments. Cyberbit is headquartered in Israel with offices in the United States, Europeand Asia.
If you would like more information about Cyberbit, please contact Sharon Rosenman, Chief Marketing Officer, Cyberbit at [email protected].