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State Launches Cyber Security Competition to Find Talent

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BOSTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Governor Deval Patrick launched a statewide cyber security competition today to help find the brightest talent in the state and beyond that can meet the growing demands of the field.

If you have knowledge or skills in cyber security you’re encouraged to enter the free on-line competition called “Cyber Aces.”   Residents from local high schools, community colleges and universities, as well as jobs seekers, veterans and members of the armed forces are all welcome to sign up.

Cyber Aces is an online competition that will include several training courses.   Just go to www.cyberaces.org to enter.

“The Cyber Aces program will help us create a pipeline of talent in Massachusetts so we can build on our successes and lead the nation in this evolving innovation industry,” said Governor Patrick.

Cyber security represents both a challenge and an opportunity for the state and the nation as a whole.  Jobs in the field will be one of the highest paying occupations in the Information Technology industry and currently there’s a need for cyber security talent in both the public and private sectors.

According to a recent Cisco analysis it’s projected that there will be a demand for 10,000 elite cyber technicians and 55,000 operators and administrators nationwide.

Currently though, there is a critical shortage of qualified candidates to fill these positions.

Cyber Aces now has official programs in six states including Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey and New York.

In Massachusetts top performers from the fall program will be invited to the Governor’s State Championship which will be held in Boston on May 3, 2014.  The Governor’s Office says these live “Net Wars” games are exciting, high-stakes simulations of real world scenarios with a real-time scoreboard.

State Championship winners will have the opportunity to sit for an entrance exam for admission to a Cyber Academy where industry recognized certification can lead to a high-paying job.

The Governor’s Cyber Aces State Championship was organized by the nonprofit group Cyber Aces in conjunction with the state’s Executive Offices of Education, Labor and Workforce Development, Housing and Economic Development, Public Safety and Security, the Massachusetts National Guard and the Department of Veterans Services.


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