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The US Department of Defense Cyber Sentinel Skills Challenge 2024 ($15,000 in cash prize)

Application Deadline: March 25, 2024

The Cyber Sentinel Skills Challenge is your chance to showcase your skills, win your share of $15,000 in cash prizes, and kickstart a career with the US Department of Defense.

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.


  • 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.

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.


  • Mar. 25: 1st Round Deadline
  • May 15: Applications Close
  • May 17: Competition Credentials Shared
  • May 18: Competition Takes Place

More Info: Cyber Sentinel Skills Challenge



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