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US government wants to inspire cyber defense technologies

There is an increased effort for the U.S. government to get American students interested in computer programming and cyber defense efforts.

Published Sun, Feb 16 2014 4:30 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

The CyberPatriot VI tournament, designed as a youth cyber defense competition, will host 26 teams of U.S. high school students alongside two middle school teams in March. The schools are broken down into certain categories, such as public and private schools, Junior ROTC units, and other go through a series of tests for the groups to compete against one another.

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"We don't teach hacking, we don't teach offensive techniques, but we very much teach defending against those things - that's the whole purpose of the competition," said retired Brig. Gen. Bernie Skoch, commissioner of the CyberPatriot effort, when speaking to the Air Force Times.

Skoch also added that he believes there will be around 330,000 unfilled cyber security jobs worldwide in 2015, despite a higher payday and job availability.

There is increased interest in continued improvement of cyber security efforts, especially for government agencies and critical infrastructure. The Obama Administration recently released security guidelines for utilities, banks, and other select industries, though the recommendations aren't necessarily a set of requirements that must be followed.

NEWS SOURCE:airforcetimes.com

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