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DOE Will Hold Virtual, Individual CyberForce Competition


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The U.S. Department of Energy will host its sixth CyberForce Competition this Saturday, November 14. The event challenges college students to compete in a realistic cybersecurity defense exercise and helps build the cybersecurity workforce of the future.

The global pandemic will change the event in two significant ways. The event will be held virtually this year, and individuals rather than teams will represent their respective academic institutions. As in previous events, competitors will defend cyber systems of simulated critical infrastructure against threats modeled on those faced by the energy sector.

"We're inspiring the next generation of cybersecurity professionals with this competition," says Amanda Joyce, CyberForce Competition director and cybersecurity analysis group lead at DOE's Argonne National Laboratory.

Argonne, which hosted the first CyberForce Competition in 2016, manages the competition on behalf of DOE's Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response. Other DOE national laboratories joining this year's event are Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories. Approximately 400 students from accredited U.S. institutions will be selected to participate by random lottery.

The American cybersecurity workforce must grow 62 percent — or nearly 500,000 professionals — to fill the current skills gap, according to the International Information System Security Certification Consortium, a trade organization.

From Argonne National Laboratory
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