Leidos Tackles Cybersecurity Skills Gap With Sponsorship of Global Cyber Battle Competition

July 24, 2017
Cambridge2Cambridge Cyber Challenge designed to develop next generation of cyber defenders

RESTON, Va., July 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a FORTUNE 500® science and technology company, is highlighting the importance and excitement of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers for young professionals around the globe. With a worldwide dearth of qualified technical talent, Leidos is committed to educating and training students, specifically in the growing and critical field of cybersecurity. The company is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the Cambridge2Cambridge (C2C) Cyber Challenge that uses Leidos' CyberNEXS platform for hands-on, real-world training hosted this year by the University of Cambridge.

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C2C is a government and industry backed competition, a cross-nation cyber battle with teams made up from some of most prestigious universities in the world including from the U.K.; Birmingham, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Imperial College, Kent, Lancaster, Oxford, Queen's University Belfast, Royal Holloway, Southampton, Surrey, and University College London, and from the U.S.; Arizona, UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, California State Polytechnic University, Colombia, Dakota State, Maryland, Mission College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford, U.S. Air Force Academy, Virginia and Worcester State.

Throughout the competition Leidos employees will be onsite to facilitate and encourage students in using the CyberNEXS platform and developing their skills. The company will also participate in seminars including, "The Future of the Cyber Conflict" as well as a Women in STEM networking session.

"Developing and growing a strong STEM workforce is key to our success as an organization and vital for our global security," said Doreen Harwood, Leidos Senior Vice President, Cyber & SIGINT Solutions. "Watching these students rapidly learning and developing practical new skills using our CyberNEXS tool is hugely inspiring, and will help equip the much needed next generation of cyber defenders."

"Recruitment and developing the capabilities of our workforce is a key enabler to defend our nations and clients," said Bill Krampf, Leidos Senior Vice President for U.K. and Europe. "We live in a world where new skills have to be honed to defend against adversaries. Only with continued partnerships with universities can we truly help shape the skills that are coming into the future workforce."

CyberNEXS is a scalable cybersecurity trainer that provides hands-on learning experience for both students and industry security professionals. The platform uses scenario-based exercises and a secure virtual environment to assess network and system attack-and-defend, forensics, and penetration strategies. The platform has honed the skills of high school, collegiate and industry security professionals. 

About Leidos

Leidos is a FORTUNE 500® science and technology solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defence, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 32,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $7.04 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2016. For more information, visit www.Leidos.com.  

Statements in this announcement, other than historical data and information, constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause our actual results, performance, achievements, or industry results to be very different from the results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors set forth in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 30, 2016, and other such filings that Leidos makes with the SEC from time to time. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.

Robert McNeill

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