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Coble encouraging students to take cyber security challenge

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Washington, Sep 26, 2011 | Ed McDonald (202.225.3065) | comments

 

    (Washington, D.C.)----U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) is encouraging 6th District students to consider entering the upcoming U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) conducted by the U.S. Cyber Foundation. The competition is a national contest for high school students interested in pursuing advanced education and job opportunities in the cybersecurity field. Congressman Coble, who has long-worked on cybersecurity issues as a member of the House Judiciary committee, says that registration is open until October 14, 2011, and is available at www.uscyberchallenge.org.

U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) is encouraging 6th District students to consider entering the upcoming U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) conducted by the U.S. Cyber Foundation. The competition is a national contest for high school students interested in pursuing advanced education and job opportunities in the cybersecurity field. Congressman Coble, who has long-worked on cybersecurity issues as a member of the House Judiciary committee, says that registration is open until October 14, 2011, and is available at www.uscyberchallenge.org.

    Students will be provided tutorials and training materials to review in the three most important foundational skills of effective cybersecurity: networking, operating systems, and system administration. They will then participate in a series of three quizzes taking place throughout October and November.

    To register for the Cyber Foundation’s Competition visit the web site: http://workforce.cisecurity.org/competitions-camps/cyber-foundations/registration/. The registration fees are $100 per school or $25 per individual. Also, please read about the fee waiver program and important dates for the fall 2011 Cyber Foundation’s Competition:

• October 14: Registration deadline

• October 3 to October 21: Online tutorial for Module 1 (Networking)

• October 21: Competition for Module 1

• October 24 to November 4: Online tutorial for Module 2 (Operating Systems)

• November 4: Competition for Module 2

• November 7 to 18: Online tutorial for Module 3 (System Administration)

• November 18: Competition for Module 3

    This is one of several initiatives underway through USCC, a national public-private partnership focused on identifying and developing cybersecurity talent to meet the country’s critical cyber security workforce needs. The mission of the USCC, a division of the non-profit Center for Internet Security, is to significantly reduce the shortage in the cyber workforce by serving as the premier program to identify, recruit and place the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. USCC's goal is to find 10,000 of America's best and brightest to fill the ranks of cybersecurity professionals where their skills can be of the greatest value to the nation.

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