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Virginia Kicks Off Cybersecurity Challenge for Students

cybersecurityVirginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced the start of cybersecurity challenge that will run through March 2017 and aims to spark students’ interest in information technology security careers.

The NSA Day of Cyber School Challenge will present real-life cyber scenarios to participating students who will explore methods and tools used by cyber professionals at the National Security Agency, McAuliffe’s office said Friday.

Participants will receive cyber resumes and certificate of completion from NSA.

“It is important that students are being introduced to in-demand sectors like cybersecurity to spark interest in the field and prepare them for success in the new Virginia economy,” McAuliffe said.

His office said that schools will compete to achieve the highest student participation over the course of the next five months in order to win a cash prize that can support their cyber programs.

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