Center for Internet Security and U.S. Cyber Challenge Announce 2011 Cyber Foundations Winners

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Nearly 1,000 high school students from 26 states participated in online cyber security contest.

The Center for Internet Security, through the U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) initiative, today announced the winners of the Cyber Foundations competition, a national online contest designed to test the computer networking skills of high school students while introducing them to the growing field of information technology. Nearly 1,000 students across 26 states, 1 U.S. Territory and 135 high schools took part in the competition. The state winners and top scoring students per high school are listed on the USCC website.

The Cyber Foundations competition was conducted throughout March and April and featured a series of timed quizzes to test aptitude in the three most important foundational skills of effective cyber security: networking, operating systems, and system administration. Students were provided with tutorials and training materials to review in each of the three subject areas and then participated in a series of increasingly challenging quizzes focused on those foundational skills.

“We are thrilled by the volume of participation in this first-ever national Cyber Foundations contest,” said Renée N. McLaughlin, USCC Chair and Executive Director of the Center for Internet Security’s Cybersecurity Workforce Development Division. “Many thanks to our state and school coordinators, along with federal, state and local government officials who championed the event and were invaluable in raising awareness and encouraging students to take advantage of this great learning opportunity. We look forward to more students joining future competitions and hopefully pursuing careers in the cyber security field to help strengthen our nation’s talent pool.”

The top scoring students in each school and state will earn recognition, awards and scholarships for their achievements. Ceremonies with government officials, school administrators and industry leaders are taking place in many of the participating states.

Cyber Foundations is one of several initiatives underway through USCC, and is conducted through collaboration with the SANS Institute which developed the curriculum and competition. A number of sponsors also provided support and are listed on the USCC website. “This is a tremendous collaborative effort that wouldn't be possible without the dedication of our partners and sponsors. We thank them for helping us in our efforts to identify and nurture the next generation of cyber security professionals,” said Karen S. Evans, USCC National Director.

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About the Center for Internet Security
The Center for Internet Security (CIS) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the cyber security readiness and response of public and private sector entities, with a commitment to excellence through collaboration. CIS comprises three divisions: Security Benchmarks Division, Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center and the Cybersecurity Workforce Development Division.

About U.S. Cyber Challenge:
The U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) is a national coalition of public-private sector entities collaborating to enhance the workforce with the next generation of cyber security professionals through skill development activities, mentoring, and resources, and the facilitation of scholarship, internship and employment opportunities.

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