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MITRE and the (ISC)²® Foundation to Recognize Winners of Student Cyber Challenge and Discuss How to Meet the Country’s STEM Needs

McLean, Va., September 17, 2015 — On Tuesday, September 22, The MITRE Corporation and the (ISC)² Foundation will recognize some of the nation’s up-and-coming Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students — the high school and college teams who won the national Capture the Flag Competition last week. The reception and awards ceremony will include speakers from government, industry and academia, who will discuss the importance of building a cyber talent pipeline to address the nation’s security needs.

Seventy-three teams (more than 300 students) participated in this year’s annual Capture the Flag Competition. During the event, students competed against their peers to complete cybersecurity challenges designed by notable industry and academic partners. Each member of the four-person winning teams will each receive an (ISC)² Foundation-sponsored $1,000 college scholarship, a voucher to take the (ISC)² Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®) exam and priority consideration for MITRE’s Cybersecurity Intern Program.


WHAT: Simultaneous VIP Receptions and Award Ceremonies at MITRE’s McLean, Va. site and at its Tampa, Fla., site.


WHEN: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Registration is requested by COB Monday, September 21, 2015. For more information, contact Jennifer Leuck with MITRE Public Affairs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-983-0018.


WHERE: The MITRE Corporation, 7515 Colshire Drive, MITRE 2 Building, 1N100-AUD, McLean, Va. 22102. Directions to the McLean office.


• Robert Cherinka, Ph.D., MITRE Department Head for Agile Engineering and Innovation in the Center for National Security
• David Shearer, CEO, (ISC)²
• Steve Foote, MITRE Technical Director
• Sri Sridharen, Director, Florida Cyber Center at USF
• Students of winning teams from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (attending the McLean, Va. ceremony). Runner up teams include students from University of Washington and Thomas Jefferson High School.


WHY: MITRE has a long history of and commitment to advancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. MITRE’s Cyber AcademyTM, the driving force behind the Capture the Flag competition, fosters education and collaboration among cyber professionals, government sponsors, and students by providing free training videos, courses, and events.


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About The MITRE Corporation

The MITRE Corporation is a not-for-profit organization that operates research and development centers sponsored by the federal government. Our centers support our sponsors with scientific research and analysis, development and acquisition, and systems engineering and integration. We also have an independent research program that explores new and expanded uses of technologies to meet our sponsors’ needs. Our principal locations are in Bedford, Mass., and McLean, Va. To learn more, visit


About the (ISC)²® Foundation

The (ISC)² Foundation is a non-profit charitable trust that aims to empower students, teachers and the general public to secure their online life by supporting cybersecurity education and awareness in the community through its programs and the efforts of its members. Through the (ISC)² Foundation, (ISC)²’s global membership of nearly 110,000 certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals seek to ensure that children everywhere have a positive, productive, and safe experience online, to spur the development of the next generation of cybersecurity professionals, and to illuminate major issues facing the industry now and in the future. For more information, please visit


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