California Technology Agency Announces Cyber Challenge

Contact: theresa.garcia@state.ca.gov

The California Technology Agency, in partnership with the non-profit Center for Internet Security (CIS), is pleased to announce the start of an exciting opportunity:  the U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) for high school students -- Cyber Foundations Competition.   The competition’s goal is to increase interest in Cyber-Security among young people and encourage them to consider a career in this increasingly important job field.

The Cyber Foundations Competition engages students in a series of progressively more challenging, timed competitions that test their mastery of the three most important foundational skills of effective cyber-security: networking, operating systems, and system administration.  Individual scores are generated based on the accuracy and speed with which the students respond to questions and activities designed to showcase their knowledge of those cyber-security career gateway skills.  School and student registration will take place through February 18, 2011, and the competition will take place during February and March 2011. 

The California Technology Agency and the Center for Internet Security/USCC will recognize the top scoring students and schools with the top scoring teams in each of the three competitions.   
The Cyber Foundations Competition will be open to students across the nation. 

California schools who register will be directed to the California competition liaison who will provide a registration code that ensures fee-free registration for all students in the school.

For more information on the competition, and directions on how to register, please go to sans.org/cyber-foundation.

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