53 percent of organizations reported a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills between 2018 and 2019.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) continues to work towards closing the gap of cybersecurity professionals needed in the energy sector and the Federal Government. Building on the success of the collegiate CyberForce Competition, a corresponding CyberForce Competition Professional Pilot Program will also be held on November 15-16, 2019, at two DOE national laboratories: Argonne National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Applicants are required to register as teams of professionals (3-5 persons). Applicants should be seeking employment, be U.S. citizens, and be able to travel to one of the two laboratory sites.

CyberForce Competition scores will be considered when hiring for current and future DOE positions.

Applications are due by Monday, October 21, 2019 at 5:00pm CT. Selection of the teams to participate in the Cybersecurity Professional Pilot Program will be announced by Friday, October 25, 2019.

For more information about DOE’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response, please visit https://www.energy.gov/ceser/office-cybersecurity-energy-security-and-emergency-response

Teams will be reviewed on the completeness of their application, diversity of knowledge, skills, and perspectives. The competition is free. Travel and lodging is at the expense of the competitors.

Before you begin registration, please be certain you have all necessary information to submit. Your registration is considered incomplete until a minimum of 3 team members, there is a maximum of 5 members. If no preference of location is selected, we will assume you are open to traveling to either location.

This information includes the following:
Each team member’s:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone Number
  • Gender
  • Dietary Restrictions
  • Veteran Status
  • T-shirt style
  • T-shirt size
  • Resume

The team captain will be the point of contact with the competition organizing committee.