Talent search is on for cyber security students

The U.S. government on July 27 launched a national talent search for high school and college students interested in working in cyber security, CNET reports. The goal of the U.S. Cyber Challenge is to find 10,000 young Americans to be "cyber guardians and cyber warriors," according to a statement from the Center for Strategic & International Studies, which is sponsoring the event. "Mostly now we have people [in government] writing policies and reports about security, rather than people who can do it," said Alan Paller, director of research at the SANS Institute. "And we’re getting killed." Last week, a study from the Partnership for Public Service concluded that shortages in federal cyber security workers and a lack of leadership threaten national security. Candidates with promising skills will be invited to attend regional camps at local colleges beginning next year. The top candidates will be hired by the National Security Agency, the FBI, the Defense Department, US-CERT, and the U.S. Department of Energy Laboratories…

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