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People are the department's most critical asset. We remain the preeminent fighting force in the world because of our personnel in and out of uniform. I have never had more confidence in our ability to meet the security challenges of today and tomorrow.

– Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III 

ABOUT THE COMPETITION


The Mission: This DoD-sponsored competition is designed to identify individuals interested in pursuing a cybersecurity career with the DoD. Our mission is to find experienced and emerging cybersecurity job-seekers looking to advance their careers while safeguarding our nation’s critical, digital infrastructure.

The Challenge: Participants will be given a series of real-world challenges that represent the skillsets most in-demand by the DoD. These challenges are designed to measure your understanding of tasks and test your technical, analytical, and strategic abilities in the following skills categories: Forensics, Malware/ Reverse Engineering, Networking & Reconnaissance, Open-Source Intelligence Gathering (OSINT) and Web Security.

The Reward: Winners of the competition will not only get the unique opportunity to learn more about jobs with DoD, but also a share of the $15,000 cash prize pool.

Who Can Participate: Applicants must be US citizens (native or naturalized) and over the age of 18 to qualify. Individuals from all levels of cybersecurity experience, whether you are a seasoned cybersecurity professional or just starting in the field, with a genuine interest in a career at the DoD, are welcome to apply.

 

PRIZES

  • $5,000 – 1st place
  • $2,500 – 2nd place
  • $1,000 – 3rd place
  • $500 – 4th - 10th places
  • $300 – Ten raffle prizes, anyone who completes a challenge will be eligible to win
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OUR EMPLOYER PARTNERS MAKE THIS PROGRAM POSSIBLE THROUGH ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS, MENTORSHIP, AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES.

 

The Stories Of DoD Civilian Employees


 

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is one of the many DoD functional communities hiring cyber talent

"I am driven by and impressed by the great work performed at the Warfare Center and the contributions we make to support our military men and women."

Bernadette Wackerle
DON Naval Surface Warfare Center - Indian Head, MD

"There is not a day where I don’t either learn something new or teach it.  There is a great spirit of camaraderie in this organization that helps us to achieve the organization’s goals, and everyone is willing to help you meet your portion of it"

Johann Soto
DON Naval Air Systems Command - Orlando FL

"There are so many opportunities available to young people and new Civilians… you only need to take advantage of them.”  “I know I made the right decision to work for NAVFAC and be part of the team….there is something new and challenging every day."

Ryan Lee
Naval Facilities Engineering Command - Washington D.C.

DISCOVER THE NEXT STEP IN YOUR CAREER AT THE DOD


 

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES AWAIT

Pursue career opportunities with US DoD and play a critical role in defending our national security

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$15,000 CASH PRIZE POOL

Showcase your cybersecurity skills while competing for a chance to win cash prizes

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SKILLS-BASED HIRING

Apply your technical skills to a unique set of challenges that represent real-world, on-the-job tasks

March 27 Informational Webinar
 
April 21 Applications Close
 
April 26 Competition Credentials Shared
  
April 27 Competition Takes Place
 
 

HOW DO I APPLY TO THE COMPETITION?


 

APPLICATION PROCESS

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Application

HELP US GET TO KNOW YOU

The application takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and will help us understand your professional experience and career goals.

 

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Enrollment

PREPARE FOR THE COMPETITION

After we review and accept your application, we will send you instructions to finalize your enrollment in the competition. A few days before the competition, we will share with you the credentials to register on the competition platform and the full set of instructions to successfully participate.

 

KEY DATES

Apr. 21
Round 3 Deadline
May 15
Applications Close
May 17
Competition Credentials Shared
May 18
Competition Takes Place

WHY APPLY TO DS4A / WOMEN?

Build Data and Leadership Skills

BUILD DATA AND LEADERSHIP SKILLS


DS4A Fellows learn by doing. The training includes real-world cases of data science applications in business. Cases are designed for practitioners who are experienced coders.

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CREATE IMPACTFUL PROJECTS


Fellows collaborate on team projects that use data science to create social and business impact. Teams include a group of Fellows who have a complimentary mix of data analysis and business acumen.

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PROFESSIONAL MENTORS


Each DS4A Fellow is matched with a professional mentor from an employer partner organization -- someone with insight into how to grow professionally, to help you achieve your unique goals. Mentors advise Fellows on how to be effective in organizations and in their careers, and provide guidance on the Fellows’ capstone project presentations.

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES


The Data Science for All program is an unparalleled platform from which to launch or supercharge your career. In addition to skills training, you will receive career coaching and job opportunities from our program partners, which are some of the top employers in the world.

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BE PART OF THE DS4A COMMUNITY


Data Science for All is the largest, most diverse group of data and analytics professionals in the world.  It brings together people from every background and across all stages of their career.  DS4A graduates continue to be part of the inclusive and supportive community.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply?

U.S. citizens (native or naturalized) over the age of 18 with an interest in cybersecurity and considering a career at the DoD should apply. U.S. Citizens living abroad are eligible and encouraged to apply. U.S. Permanent Residents, U.S. Residents, and other visa holders that do not have U.S. citizenship are NOT eligible.

 

Are there any prerequisites to apply?

No specific career or education prerequisites are required, but a background or interest in cybersecurity is beneficial. Applicants must be US citizens (native or naturalized) and over the age of 18 to be eligible for the competition.

 

Is there a cost to participate?

No, the competition is 100% FREE for everyone. There is no cost to apply or participate.

 

What is the application process?

Fill out the online application form, which includes questions about your cybersecurity experience, skills, and background.

 

When should I apply?

As soon as possible to ensure your spot, given we may need to limit participants due to high demand. Early applicants will also receive additional career development resources and support from Correlation One. The current application deadline can be found in the “Key Dates” section above. 

 

How will I know if I have successfully applied and registered?

Applicants will receive a confirmation email after they complete their application. The week before the competition, we will send all qualified applicants the information to register for the competition.

 

What skills are tested in the competition?

The competition will have challenges in the following skills categories: Forensics, Malware/ Reverse Engineering, Networking & Reconnaissance, Open-Source Intelligence Gathering (OSINT) and Web Security. Each category will have challenges of easy, medium, and hard difficulty. 

 

What software or hardware do I need to participate?

A modern web browser and internet connection are required. If additional toolsets are required, they will be open-source and we will notify participants before the competition.

 

What are the rewards for winning the competition?

Prizes include $5,000 for 1st place, $2,500 for 2nd place, $1,000 for 3rd place, and $500 for 4th-10th places. There will also be ten $300 prizes raffled off to participants. Anyone who completes a challenge during the competition will have a chance to win the raffle. Prize winners will be asked to provide proof of their eligibility in order to receive their prize.

 

When and where will the competition take place?

The competition will take place online on May 18th. We will provide all registered participants with the credentials to access the competition the week before the competition starts.

 

Can students participate in the competition?

Yes, students are eligible to participate in the competition. Working professionals and unemployed individuals are eligible as well. The only eligibility requirements are that applicants must be US citizens (native or naturalized) and over the age of 18.

 

What’s the competition format?

The competition will be a Capture the Flag (CTF) format, with challenges across various cybersecurity categories.

 

If I do not participate in the competition, can I still apply for a job at the DoD?

Yes, not participating in competition does not preclude you from applying for jobs at the DoD. We recommend that you still fill out the application form so Correlation One can assist you in your job application process.

 

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