Cyber Essay Contest

Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

The Challenge:

Cyber warfare and cybersecurity are the ultimate team sports because they bridge the public and private sectors. The Cyber Essay Contest encourages potential authors to let their imaginations run free and identify what the Department of Defense's cyber priorities (or priority) should be and make the case for them.

  • If partnering with industry is a priority, also tell us how industry can reassure its commercial customers their interests will not be compromised and how the military/government can protect its classified information at the same time.
  • If sharing lessons learned from cyber incursions is a priority, tell us how to do so among all key stakeholders.
  • If importing the fast-paced innovations that pervade commercial IT is a priority, tell us what will it take for DOD to make that happen.

Prior Publication: We will assume that your essay has not been previously published (online or in print) or being considered for publication elsewhere, unless otherwise notified by you.  All previously published essays are ineligible.

Submission Guidelines:

Selection Process: The Proceedings staff members will evaluate every essay and screen the top essays to a special Essay Selection Committee of at least six members who will include two members of the Naval Institute's Editorial Board and four subject experts.  All essays will be judged in the blind -- i.e., the Proceedings staff members and judges will not know the authors of the essays.

Announcement of the Winners: The winning essay will be published in the July 2017 Proceedings. All prize winners receive one-year memberships in the U.S. Naval Institute.

About Naval Institute Essay Contests

Essay contests have been central to the work of the Naval Institute for more than 130 years. They directly fulfill the Institute's educational mission by encouraging writing on issues of concern to the Sea Services. They provide thought-provoking articles that spur ongoing discussion of these same issues, not only in Naval Institute media, print and digital, but also in other leading defense and national security forums.

Winner published in July 2017 Proceedings.
First Prize: $5,000 Second Prize: $2,500 Third Prize: $1,500
The winners will be recognized at WEST 2018
Open to any contributor -- active duty military, reservists, veterans, government civilian personnel, civilians
3,000 words maximum (excludes footnotes/endnotes/sources).

Past Contests

2016 Cyber Essay Contest Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

James Young Jr.


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