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ETA International unveils new professional accreditation for cybersecurity

GREENCASTLE, IN Feb. 21, 2017 Today’s world is more interconnected than ever before. Yet, for all its advantages, increased connectivity brings increased risk of cyber theft, fraud and abuse. Cyberspace and its underlying infrastructure are vulnerable to a wide range of risks stemming from both physical and cyber threats and hazards. The demand for an experienced and qualified workforce to protect networks and information systems has never been higher.

ETA International is committed to strengthening the nation’s cybersecurity workforce through industry-recognized and accredited professional certification. ETA’s Information Technology Security Specialist (ITSS) accredited certification is one way to ensure there are well-trained cybersecurity workers today as well as a strong pipeline of future cybersecurity leaders of tomorrow.

To develop a more resilient and capable cyber nation, there must be a highly-skilled cybersecurity workforce across industry and government. Effective cybersecurity workforce development with ETA’s ITSS can help organizations more efficiently and effectively recruit qualified cybersecurity professionals.

As cyber threats continue to evolve, the nation’s protection against them relies on a steady stream of qualified cybersecurity professionals entering the workforce. Training is essential to preparing the cybersecurity workforce of tomorrow, and for keeping current cybersecurity workers up-to-date on skills and evolving threats. These professionals are critical in both private industry and the government for the security of individuals and the nation.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) works with other federal agencies to conduct high-impact criminal investigations to disrupt and defeat cyber criminals, prioritize the recruitment and training of technical experts, develop standardized methods and broadly share cyber response best practices and tools.

With greater priority being placed on strengthening cybersecurity, ETA’s new ITSS incorporates DHS cybersecurity standards into the certification competencies. Information Technology Security Specialists must be knowledgeable in the following technical areas:

  • Hardware Network Security Terminology
  • Software Network Security
  • Wireless Security, Device Security
  • Software Exploitations and Vulnerabilities
  • Operational Standards and Policies
  • Physical Security
  • Cryptography
  • Social Engineering

Strengthening the security and resilience of cyberspace has become an important homeland security mission. In an effort to prevent the exploitation of vulnerabilities to steal information and money, ETA’s ITSS certification for information technology and security specialists will help to detect and prevent cybersecurity attacks which have the power to disrupt, destroy or threaten the delivery of essential services.

As greater priority is placed on strengthening cybersecurity, our nation is increasingly looking to higher education to produce skilled and capable cybersecurity professionals able to defend our networks and infrastructure.

The ITSS committee, comprised of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) working in the industry, will conduct the Beta test this February and expects the exam to be available to the public this spring. ETA wishes to recognize SMEs who volunteer their industry knowledge to develop the ITSS competencies and exam: Daniel Capano, CWSP; Frederick Carr; Brandon Gonzales, CETsr; Michael Goshen, CST; Tcat Houser, RESIma, CST, NST; Ed Kirkpatrick, PVI, CSS; Tim Kirschbaum, CST, NST, FOT; Brian Klier; Bruce Moran.

About ETA - Since 1978, ETA has delivered over 200,000 professional certifications plus nearly 40,000 FCC license exams. Widely recognized and frequently used in worker job selection, hiring processes, pay increases, and advancements, ETA certifications are often required as companies bid on contracts. ETA’s certifications are personal and portable worldwide, thus travel with the individual, regardless of employment or status change. ETA certifications measure and validate competencies of persons, not products or vendors. All ETA certifications are accredited through the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC) and align with the ISO-17024 standard. http://www.eta-i.org.

ONVIF Communications Chair to speak at TechSec panel

SAN RAMON, CA Feb. 14, 2017 ONVIF®, the leading global standardization initiative for IP-based physical security products, announced today that it will be presenting at TechSec Solutions 2017, February 27-28, 2017, at the Delray Beach Marriott, Delray Beach, Fla., as part of a panel discussion on standards, best practices, cybersecurity and the Internet of Things.

Jonathan Lewit, Chair of the ONVIF Communication Committee, will be speaking on behalf of ONVIF and will be one of four panelists discussing ‘The future of IoT: Taming security's wild west.’ Other panelists include Neil Lakomiak of Underwriters’ Laboratories, Mitchell Klein of Z-wave Alliance and Jim Coleman of Operational Security Systems, Inc. The panel will be moderated by Paul Ragusa, editor of Security Systems News.

“Standards are an essential part of the conversation when considering any scenario in which disparate elements must work together to provide actionable intelligence or automation, which the Internet of Things often seeks to do,” said Per Björkdahl, Chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee. “Jonathan will bring an ONVIF perspective to the panel, shedding light on how standardization and ONVIF specifications can build vital bridges between clients and devices and between IP-based systems.”

Lewit, who also serves as Director of Technology Leadership for Pelco by Schneider-Electric, will touch on the array of connected devices and open platforms in the market that use common communication protocols to work together, including smart homes, buildings and cities. The panelists will examine how standards, the establishment of best practices, interoperability, cybersecurity and other trends are helping to shape the future of the physical security industry.

Lewit will be speaking on Monday, February 27, at 9:30 A.M. at TechSec Solutions 2017. For more information, visit www.tecsechsolutions.com.

Founded in 2008, ONVIF now consists of nearly 500 member companies in six continents and more than 7,000 Profile conformant products. With Profile S for streaming video; Profile G for recording and storage; Profile C for physical access control; Profile Q for improved out-of-the-box functionality and the Release Candidate Profile A for access control configuration, ONVIF continues to work with its members to expand the number of IP interoperability solutions ONVIF conformant products can provide.

Further information about ONVIF’s conformant products, including the vendors and the conformant models, is available on ONVIF’s website: www.onvif.org.

Federal Resources acquires Marley International Group

STEVENSVILLE, MD Feb. 13, 2017 Federal Resources of Stevensville, Maryland has acquired Marley International Group, a global product marketing firm with focused operations in the Arabian Gulf.

Federal Resources, a prime supplier of defense and security solutions to the U.S. government, is expanding its presence to include allied nations where U.S. interests are served.

Marley International Group was founded as a multi-national partnership of professionals from the medical, defense, and energy industries. Specializing in all aspects of the contract selling process, the team of experts provides strategic advice to U.S. manufacturers who wish to expand in the Arabian Gulf.

Robert McWilliams, CEO of Federal Resources, announced to shareholders and employees that the acquisition is imperative in following the company’s strategic efforts to expand upon its global reach and continually enhance the key product and service solutions for which the company is known. “We believe the Marley acquisition gives us tremendous reach and insight into emerging markets vis-a-vis its established customer and agent base.”

“Marley International has built a strong network of relationships and established product pipelines in key markets that will continue to propel and position Federal Resources as an internationally known solutions provider,” says Marley International’s Managing Director, David Loeser.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed but Federal Resources reported they would merge operations in its Stevensville, Maryland headquarters and potentially establish offices abroad.

About Federal Resources

Founded in 1986, Federal Resources provides mission critical solutions to United States Military, Department of Defense, Federal Government, and State and Local responder markets. The company integrates expertise in innovative technologies, best practices in business procurement, comprehensive technical services, and training into a total life-cycle solution to support and sustain the warfighter and first responder.

About Marley International Group

Marley International Group is a multi-national partnership of professionals from the medical, defense, and energy businesses. Providing comprehensive approaches to its clients, the company specializes in all aspects of the contract selling process to include trade compliance (ITAR/EAR/FCPA), banking and trade finance, contract negotiation, export services, transport, and bilateral relationship building. Marley International Group operates in the continental U.S. and the Arabian Peninsula.

Security Mentor to tout training programs at upcoming RSA Conference

PACIFIC GROVE, CA Feb. 7, 2017 Security Mentor, pioneer of innovative security awareness training that drives real behavior change, will be showcasing its industry-leading offerings at the RSA Conference USA 2017. The company will be exhibiting at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, booth #419 in the South Hall, where subject-matter experts will discuss the benefits of interactive, highly engaging, security awareness training and provide demos of their full suite of services that deliver effective security training and education for business, government, education and non-profit end-users.

Cyber security continues to be a leading priority for businesses due the growing number of cyber-attacks, high-profile data breaches and increasing access by employees to sensitive information and technology. To defend themselves from these possible risks, it is imperative that organizations of all sizes implement an effective security awareness training program which addresses critical security issues such as phishing and email security, safe web browsing, cloud security, the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile security and data privacy and information protection. Security Mentor’s security awareness training program provides the most robust cyber security training available today in a brief, easy-to-understand, interactive format that is both effective and memorable.

“Security incidents are splashed across international headlines every week and many of these incidents have either initiated as attacks against employees, or caused by mistakes made by employees. This establishes an immediate need for businesses to offer all employees an effective, and engaging, security awareness training program,” said Marie White, CEO and President, Security Mentor. “Our lessons teach employees critical security skills and show them where they are in danger from their own behavior, as well as from cyber-attacks and malicious insiders. Our leading-edge training model of 10-minute lessons has changed how global organizations conduct security education. We look forward to showcasing our award-winning program to attendees at RSA Conference USA 2017.”

Among recent, significant new features to the Security Mentor Training Program is the introduction of pre- and post-training assessments and end-of-lesson quizzes, which combined enable organizations to gain insights into the success of their training programs. In addition to the new assessments and quizzes, the latest training version release expands Security Mentor’s robust curriculum to include lessons addressing insider threat, Internet of Things, and cloud security. The inclusion of these lessons brings the number of lessons in the training curricula to 21. Throughout 2017, Security Mentor will continue to release new lessons addressing current critical security and compliance topics. Security Mentor Training is available in eleven languages supporting clients worldwide.

RSA Conference USA 2017 attendees are invited to stop by the Security Mentor booth (#S419) to learn how the company enables real, immediate behavior change by combining engaging, highly interactive training that employees love to take, with content-rich lessons that convey critical security information. For more information, visit the company’s website, follow the company on Twitter at @SecurityMentor and on LinkedIn. Join the conversation at the event on Twitter with the hashtags #RSA2017 and #RSAC.

About Security Mentor

Security Mentor is a visionary and global leader in the security awareness training and education industry. Organizations worldwide rely on the Security Mentor Training Program to transform their workforces into security savvy employees. The foundation of the Training Program is our brief, interactive, highly engaging lessons that teach critical security skills in an easy-to-understand, fun format that drives real behavior change. Security Mentor’s training is available as a cloud-based service from Security Mentor with optional Federated Single Sign-on (SSO), or as SCORM 1.2 compliant modules for use with an organization’s own Learning Management System (LMS). Incorporated in 2008, Security Mentor’s innovative products and services are used by Fortune 500 enterprises, military, state and local governments, nonprofits and education institutions.

Leonardo to compete for Air Force training contract with its U.S. division as prime contractor


WASHINGTON Feb. 8, 2017 Leonardo is proud to confirm its participation in the U.S. Air Force T-X competition with its T-100 integrated training system. Leonardo will leverage its U.S. company, Leonardo DRS, as the prime contractor, bringing to bear Leonardo's leading aeronautical and simulation expertise to deliver a fully integrated solution in the best interests of the Air Force.

The T-100 will be a U.S.-based program that will bring significant economic benefits to the country through a newly established and skilled U.S. work force, in addition to the technological and industrial capabilities embedded in newly built U.S.-based manufacturing facilities.

"Leonardo's commitment to pursue the T-X builds on our deep experience in military pilots' training and on the competitiveness of our T-100 integrated Training Systems that can meet the U.S. Air Force's current and future needs," said Mauro Moretti, CEO and General Manager of Leonardo. Bill Lynn, CEO of Leonardo DRS, added that his company "is proud to bring to this highly competitive tender Leonardo's mature, readily available and technologically advanced solution that will also have a significant economic impact in the U.S."

The T-100 is a latest generation jet trainer based on the M-346 aircraft that prevailed over rivals in the most challenging, open competitive bids during the last ten years. The aircraft is already operational to train pilots around the world to fly in next-generation fighter aircraft. The T-100 also features an embedded tactical training system that immerses pilots in realistic mission scenarios.

The T-100's twin F124 turbofan propulsion engines, provided by Honeywell Aerospace's International Turbine Company joint venture, deliver best-in-class thrust-to-weight ratio, proven reliability and enhanced efficiency and safety. The engines meet the most rigorous requirements for modern light aircraft and advanced military trainer aircraft.

Leonardo DRS will be supported by CAE USA in the design and development of the T-100 ground-based training system (GBTS). CAE has developed some of the most sophisticated simulation-based training systems in the world for lead-in fighter trainer aircraft, and has been Leonardo's training partner on the ground-based training systems delivered for the proven M-346 aircraft.

The T-100 is a proven, low-risk, integrated system to train U.S. Air Force next-generation jet fighter pilots.

Leonardo is among the top ten global players in Aerospace, Defence and Security and Italy's main industrial company. As a single entity from January 2016, organized into seven business divisions (Helicopters; Aircraft; Aero-structures; Airborne & Space Systems; Land & Naval Defence Electronics; Defence Systems; Security & Information Systems), Leonardo operates in the most competitive international markets by leveraging its areas of technology and product leadership. Listed on the Milan Stock Exchange (LDO), at 31 December 2015 Leonardo recorded consolidated revenues of 13 billion Euros and has a significant industrial presence in Italy, the UK and the U.S.

Textron wins $9M contract to train, support Afghan Air Force


HUNT VALLEY, MD Feb. 7, 2017 Textron Systems Support Solutions, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) business, announced today that it was awarded a five-year follow-on contract from the U.S. Air Force for Afghan Trainer Contractor Logistics Support (CLS). For the first year, the contract is valued at $9.35 million, with an estimated potential five-year maximum at $50 million.

The Afghan Trainer CLS award will provide training and maintenance in support of U.S. Air Force and Afghan Air Force Cessna C-208B Caravans, which are being used for military transport and training. Over the duration of this contract, Textron Systems will transfer capabilities and offer maintenance training to the Afghan Air Force to allow them to work independently.

"Support Solutions began working with these Cessna C-208B Caravans last year as part of a bridge contact – and we are looking forward to continuing the relationship with our customer through this five-year contract," says Support Solutions Vice President of Business Development Mark Hitch. "This endeavor will ensure that Textron personnel are the sole providers of maintenance and training on our own aircraft. This work will further showcase the total Textron solution we can provide around the world."

Textron Systems Support Solutions has decades of experience in training military personnel and ensuring system readiness for its customers. Its field service representatives are actively deployed and work alongside customers to prepare for mission success. Support Solutions provides end-to-end product support, training and services for an array of Textron and third-party assets.

Work under the contract began on February 1 at Kabul Air Base and Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan.

About Textron Systems Textron Systems' businesses develop and integrate products, services and support for aerospace and defense customers, as well as civil and commercial customers including those in law enforcement, security, border patrol and critical infrastructure protection around the globe. Harnessing agility and a broad base of expertise, Textron Systems' innovative businesses design, manufacture, field and support comprehensive solutions that expand customer capabilities and deliver value. Textron Systems consists of its Advanced Information Solutions, Electronic Systems, Geospatial Solutions, Lycoming Engines, Marine & Land Systems, Support Solutions, TRU Simulation + Training, Unmanned Systems and Weapon & Sensor Systems businesses. More information is available at www.textronsystems.com.

About Textron Inc Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Textron Off Road, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information visit: www.textron.com.

Cadmus finishes integration of Obsidian, creates homeland security consulting division


WASHINGTON Feb. 6, 2017 The Cadmus Group, Inc. (Cadmus) announced today that it has fully integrated Obsidian, A Cadmus Company, into its operations. As a result of the integration, Cadmus has retired the Obsidian brand. The unit previously known as Obsidian is now Cadmus’ homeland security sector. Obsidian co-founders Kevin O’Prey, Ph.D., and Matthew Travis continue to lead the homeland security sector within Cadmus. Obsidian’s former Washington, D.C., headquarters now serves as Cadmus’ District of Columbia office.

Cadmus acquired homeland security and resilience consulting firm Obsidian, A Cadmus Company (formerly Obsidian Analysis, Inc.) in February 2016.

Cadmus provides homeland security management consulting and training services for federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as leading private sector companies. These services include the support and development of risk assessments and high-impact exercises across a range of security challenges, such as cybersecurity, natural hazards, terrorist attacks, climate adaptation, and public health risks.

Since the acquisition, Cadmus and Obsidian have conducted a range of joint endeavors such as designing and conducting homeland security exercises, improving the business resilience of electrical utilities, integrating climate adaptation measures into community and corporate planning, and ensuring the quality and safety of the nation’s drinking water.

“We are thrilled to complete the integration of our homeland security sector and to begin our next stage unified under the Cadmus banner,” said Ian Kline, Cadmus president and CEO. “Over the past year, our colleagues in Cadmus’ homeland security sector have brought exemplary expertise, energy, and professionalism to our firm and to our clients. As a fully integrated firm, we will continue to engage experts from across Cadmus to collaborate on best-in-class advice and support for our clients.”

“The retirement of the Obsidian name marks the completion of a very successful integration that has brought everything great about Obsidian into a highly successful, well-established, and visionary consultancy in Cadmus,” said O’Prey, Cadmus senior vice president and homeland security sector operating unit director. “As the Cadmus homeland security sector, we will continue to deliver outstanding services to our clients. But now we will offer the additional benefits of being part of the most exciting company in the industry.”

The Obsidian, A Cadmus Company name, logo, and associated branding were retired as of February 3, 2017.

About the Cadmus Group, Inc.

Cadmus provides professional consulting services that help clients achieve their goals and create social and economic value today and for future generations. By applying exceptional technical expertise and a highly collaborative approach, we deliver customized solutions that address complex challenges facing the realms of natural and built environments, energy, public health, climate, homeland security, and international development. Cadmus’ more than 500 consultants serve government, commercial, and nongovernmental organizations in the United States and abroad.

(ISC)² splits with ASIS, seeks speakers for 2017 Security Congress


CLEARWATER, FL Jan. 30, 2017 (ISC)²® today announced their annual Security Congress will be a stand-alone event without former partner ASIS International. It will take place September 25-27 at the JW Marriott in Austin, TX.

(ISC)² Security Congress’s 2017 theme is ‘leaders of tomorrow.’ The event will host over 90 education sessions, a town hall meeting, a career center, casual networking events and more.

“We value the partnership we had with ASIS International for the past six years, but it was time for Security Congress to stand on its own to address the programming needs expressed by our members,” says (ISC)² CEO David Shearer. “Over the years, our members have consistently asked for expanded continuing professional education (CPE) opportunities, and this change in our event structure is designed to address that unmet expectation. I look forward to making this the premiere worldwide event for our members and international cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals alike.”

(ISC)² is encouraging leaders in cybersecurity to share their knowledge with the attendees. Speaking session proposals should offer strong content and actionable takeaways to ensure that seasoned cybersecurity professionals, as well as industry leaders, will benefit. The Security Congress education programs offer cutting-edge, relevant topics on preventing, mitigating and managing the complex and emerging issues facing today's cybersecurity practitioners.

“I encourage industry leaders to share their thoughts on some of today’s most groundbreaking topics by submitting a speaking abstract for our event,” Shearer added.

More details on the Security Congress are available at congress.isc2.org. To submit a speaking topic for the event, please visit http://congress.isc2.org/d/fvqzc6/9k.

About (ISC)²

(ISC)²® is an international nonprofit membership association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. Best known for the acclaimed Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) certification, (ISC)² offers a portfolio of credentials that are part of a holistic, programmatic approach to security. Our membership, over 123,000 strong, is made up of certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals who are making a difference and helping to advance the industry. Our vision is supported by our commitment to educate and reach the public through our charitable foundation – The Center for Cyber Safety and EducationTM. For more information about (ISC)² visit http://www.isc2.org.

Former Navy rear admiral to lead Carnegie Mellon institute's cybersecurity division


PITTSBURGH Feb. 1, 2017 Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute today announced the appointment of Edward H. (Ned) Deets, III as director of the SEI's CERT Cybersecurity Division. Deets assumes leadership following the retirement of Richard Pethia, who founded CERT, the world's first computer security incident response team, at the SEI in 1988.

Deets joined the SEI in 2012 as CERT deputy director, Defense Cyber Solutions. In 2013 he was named the founding director of the SEI's Software Solutions Division.

"The nation's defense, homeland security, and intelligence communities face an ever changing landscape of persistent cybersecurity threats and operate in a diverse and complex risk environment," said Dr. Paul Nielsen, SEI director and CEO. "We are pleased to have someone with Ned's experience and understanding of the unique challenges confronting the Department of Defense, civil government, and the private sector to lead the division."

Deets retired with the rank of rear admiral after 32 years of service in the Navy. His final command tour was the Naval Network Warfare Command in Virginia Beach, Va.

He is a graduate of Duke University and a distinguished graduate of the National War College. He and his wife Gini are natives of Charlottesville, Va.; they have two sons.

"This new leadership opportunity is a great honor," said Deets. "For nearly 30 years, the cybersecurity mission of the CERT Division has been at the forefront of our nation's cyber defense. I am confident that our incredibly talented team will continue to respond to immediate threats and rise to the challenge of anticipating future threats to our national security."

For more information about the SEI CERT Cybersecurity Division, see www.cert.org.

About the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute

The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon University. The SEI works with organizations to make measurable improvements in their software engineering capabilities by providing technical leadership to advance the practice of software engineering. For more information, visit the SEI website at http://www.sei.cmu.edu. The CERT Cybersecurity Division of the SEI is the world's leading trusted authority dedicated to improving the security and resilience of computer systems and networks and a national asset in the field of cybersecurity. For more information, visit http://www.cert.org.

Barcelona bootcamp to feature instructors from Moscow Physics and Technology Institute


BARCELONA Jan. 30 The next generation of programming minds is set to gather for the first bootcamp of its kind held in Europe. Working in collaboration with the Moscow Physics and Technology Institute, Barcelona’s Harbour.Space University will welcome 150 students from top universities to train for one week in preparation for the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC).

The Hello Barcelona ACM-ICPC Bootcamp will bring to Europe the coaches of the famed “Moscow Workshops” who trained 8 of the 13 world finalists in the 2016 ACM-ICPC contest. This will be the first time that one of the world’s strongest programming pedagogies will be on offer in a European bootcamp.

Working in collaboration with Kaspersky Lab, one of the leading cybersecurity companies in the world, and Codeforces, the world’s largest online competitive programming community, the Hello Barcelona bootcamp will gather students from world leading universities such as Cornell University, École Normale Supérieure, and University of Tokyo. The workshop is on track to become one of the largest of its kind to prepare competitors for ACM-ICPC.

Supported by IBM, the ACM-ICPC is the “Olympics of programming,” the premiere global computer programming competition conducted by and for the world’s top universities. In 2016, 40,266 contestants from 2,736 universities in 102 countries competed at over 481 sites to advance to the World Finals. The 2017 finals will be held in Rapid City, South Dakota, in the United States.

The ACM-ICPC competitors who will gather in Barcelona to train represent the bright minds who will shape the digital future. “Hello Barcelona Bootcamp participants are not just talented students that win competitive programming competitions. They are some of the hardest working and most brilliant minds of the ongoing digital revolution. We cannot really anticipate the full impact they will have,” said Mike Mirzayanov, founder of Codeforces.

Former ACM-ICPC finalists have made remarkable contributions to the software industry. They include Adam D'Angelo, the former CTO of Facebook and founder of Quora, Nikolai Durov, the former CTO of VK and Telegram, Matei Zaharia, creator of Apache Spark, Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos and a venture capitalist, Craig Silverstein, the first employee of Google.

“We are very excited to be launching the Hello Barcelona ACM-ICPC Bootcamp. Our mission is to make a meaningful contribution to the global ACM-ICPC community and to give teams access to the one of the world’s best programming training regimens,” said Svetlana Velikanova, Harbour.Space University Founder and CEO.

The collaboration with the Moscow Workshops makes Harbour.Space University the only location outside of Russia to offer access to the unique training methodology. "The training schedule consists mostly of full-length practice contests interspersed with highly topical one-day educational modules.

We make a point to provide in-depth explanations to every problem and to uncover the techniques that separate the winners from losers. Our tutors are professional educators and developers with a strong ACM-ICPC background and lots of experience to share," said Mikhail Tikhomirov, Head of the Programming Committee.

"As shown by the international draw of the ACM-ICPC competition, programming education is a powerful way to connect passionate students from around the world. While the Moscow Workshops have welcomed teams from over 20 countries, we are excited to bring the Russian training methodology to Europe for the first time, enabling us to reach an even more global group of peers,” said Alexey Maleev, Head of the Moscow Workshops.

Hello Barcelona training camp is organised with both experienced and novice teams in mind. While experienced teams will prepare to win medals at the next ACM-ICPC World Finals, intermediate-level teams will focus on preparations for regional competitions. Novice teams will be welcomed for a crash course in the exciting world of competitive programming.

The bootcamp program also includes Kaspersky Interactive Protection Simulation (KIPS) session, a gamified training of a real impact cyberattacks may have on business performance and revenue. KIPS features a simulated enterprise trying to accomplish its mission to produce and sell goods to customers, while dealing with and resolving a number of unexpected cyber events. Several teams will run the same utility trying to outperform each other.

The Hello Barcelona ACM-ICPC Bootcamp is supported by local and international stakeholders, including Kaspersky Lab, OneCoWork, Barcelona Activa, Codeforces, OneRagtime and Global Catalyst Foundations.



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