US recruiting young cyber warriors

Feb 02, 2011
The US Cyber Challenge Cyber Foundations competition, kicked off this week by the nonprofit Center for Internet Security, is out to find 10,000 students with the potential to become "top guns in cybersecurity."

The United States is looking for the next generation of cyber warriors.

The US Cyber Challenge Cyber Foundations competition, kicked off this week by the nonprofit Center for Internet Security, is out to find 10,000 students with the potential to become "top guns in cybersecurity."

"The need to find creative solutions to protecting our information systems and has never been greater," said center chief executive William Pelgrin.

"The Cyber Foundations competition will help us tap into the tremendous talent across our nation's schools to identify those with a passion for security and a desire to put their skills to good use," he continued.

The competition consists of a series of timed quizzes to test high school students in computer science categories considered key to protecting networks and systems.

Top-scoring students will get status, prizes, and introductions to government or industry leaders.

The Cyber Challenge program is design to nurture students with advanced education and exercises and connect them with colleges or employers.

Students have until February 18 to register, with details available online at uscybersecuritychallenge.org.

"In order to address the ever-increasing challenges facing our interconnected society, we must focus on the next generation of Americans to make sure they have the skills necessary to defend our country," said US Senator Thomas Carper, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee.

"We must act now to develop a competent workforce that can support the needs of securing our , which is quickly becoming a national priority," added Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin in a statement of support for the venture.

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Mesafina
not rated yet Feb 02, 2011
I am sorry but giving a written test to high school students is no way to identify a security expert. They should just join 'Root This Box' once they get it rebuilt and they will find plenty of eager whitehats XD
Skeptic_Heretic
not rated yet Feb 02, 2011
I am sorry but giving a written test to high school students is no way to identify a security expert. They should just join 'Root This Box' once they get it rebuilt and they will find plenty of eager whitehats XD

I actually disagree with you.

Understanding network security is more a mindset than a native "ability". It's very abstract and, in my opinion, testable.
antialias
not rated yet Feb 02, 2011
Sadly there will be plenty of kids who think it will be cool to 'play war' against similar outfits in other countries. They are to young to understand the difference between a Starcraft match and the death and misery that can be created by full out cyber-attack.
Mesafina
not rated yet Feb 04, 2011
@Skeptic Heretic, I don't doubt that some people might be identified who may have a future in the field. My comment was more about the density of useful results. When testing at random highschools they will find a very small number of people who actually have the minds and interest to be security experts in the future. There are other communities where that percentage would be much higher, and it makes MORE sense imo to test there, rather then at public schools. So I don't actually disagree with you, and probably worded my comment poorly in any case ;)