Cyber Defense Challenge made possible by Target

This unique program will provide hands-on experience giving WiCyS members a taste of what it’s like to be on a Cyber Defense Team.

Registration closed June 14.

 

Cyber Defense Challenge made possible by Target

We are back with the 2nd annual Target Cyber Defense Challenge! The challenge will give WiCyS members hands-on experience and a taste of what it’s like to be on a cyber defense team. From tackling intel-driven scenarios to experiencing current threats in the landscape, this challenge will offer many learning opportunities. Join the challenge and learn about the newest threat…Shiny Scorpion.

This engaging program is for WiCyS members to dive in, gain new learning experiences, network with an inclusive cohort of peers, work one-on-one with the Target cybersecurity team, and explore what threat detection and intelligence are all about.

The top 10 participants will also receive a scholarship to attend the 2024 WiCyS Conference.

No previous cybersecurity experience is required to join this training since it’s a tiered, multi-staged learning opportunity.

Registration closed June 14.

Support

Kick-off meeting to launch each tier

Cohort to build professional network

Cyber mentors from Target within cohort

Open office hours

Mid-tier checkins

Top 10 receive presentation coaching by Target team

Benefits

Learn how threat actors think

Leverage threat intelligence to write detection

Experience working within different roles on defense team

Contribute to open-source technology

Work one-on-one with Target team

Top 10 will receive a WiCyS 2024 confernce scholarship

Tiers:

Each participant will experience being part of the Cyber Defense team that is defending against current threats in the cyber landscape. Tier 1 will bring members through multiple levels to capture the flag all related to a threat actor that is known for their ransomware attacks. In Tier 2, the top 50 from Tier 1 will learn how to recover from an attack and get a chance to leverage decryption tools. Finally, in Tier 3 the Tier 2 top 10 challengers will summarize and give a presentation to Target & WiCyS on what their biggest takeaways from this Cyber Defense Challenge were!

Please note: This is a fictional scenario created by the Target team for purposes of training for WiCyS members.

 

Overview Timeline:

June 1: Registration Opens

June 9 at 10am CT: Kick-Off Webinar: Watch the Recording Here

June 14: Registration Closes

June 15 at 7 pm CT: Tier 1 Kick-Off Webinar

July 6: Tier 1 Closes

July 13 at 7 pm CT: Tier 2 Kick-Off Webinar

August 10: Tier 2 Closes

August 12 – August 25: Top 10 Presentations

Tier 1 timeline:

June 15 at 7 pm CT: Tier 1 Kick-Off Webinar (Zoom invites will be sent)

June 15: Tier 1 instructions sent and participants added to Slack cohort

Open Office Hours: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 2-4 pm (CT)

July 6: Tier 1 Closes

July 10: Notifications sent to Top 50 moving to Tier 2

Tier 2 timeline:

July 13 at 7 pm CT: Tier 2 Kick-Off Webinar (Zoom invites will be sent)

July 13: Tier 2 participants added to Slack cohort

Open Office Hours: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 2-4 pm (CT)

August 10: Tier 2 Closes

August 15: Notifications sent to the Top 10 moving  to Tier 3

Tier 3 timeline:

August 28: Top 10 Presentations to Target Team