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Cyber security has been at the forefront of American politics in recent months following high profile cyber security attacks like theÂ Stuxnet worm andÂ Aurora attacks. Those attacks underscored growing concern over the future of cyber security in the U.S. and the lack of native cybersecurity talent. Now aÂ new multi-state competition is seeking to encourage U.S. teens to develop the kinds of cyber security skills needed in the workforce.
The Cyber Foundations competition is a creation ofÂ The U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC), a national, public-private partnership focused on identifying and developing cyber security skills. It is openÂ to students nationally, with registration open until February 18, with awards being issued at the state level.
The Cyber Foundations competition was piloted in California, Maryland, and Rhode Island and is now being officially launched, with a number of states conducting formal campaigns to encourage schools and students to participate. Â USCCâ€™s goal is to find 10,000 talented Americans to fill the ranks of cyber security professionals where their skills can be of the greatest value to the nation. (Source)