Recruiting for a qualified military and civilian workforce for the U.S. Defense Department's cybersecurity mission has proven successful so far, but retaining the force remains to be seen, cyber commanders told Congress during a hearing.
Government, academia and industry all are struggling to find, train and retain the best and the brightest of engineers, scientists and mathematicians, compounding an already difficult challenge, said Katrina McFarland, assistant defense secretary for acquisition.
Students from 27 middle schools across New Mexico—some who might aspire to be automotive engineers—will vie this Saturday for top honors in the New Mexico Electric Car Challenge held in Albuquerque.
High school students from six schools across the nation will split $50,000 in scholarships after competing in the CyberPatriot VI competition, a culminating tournament in which participants tested strategies to defend computers and networks against cyber attacks. CyberPatriot kicked off in November with roughly 1,600 students from all 50 states and wrapped up March 29, 2014.
For the September issue of SIGNAL, I wrote an article about a new effort at AFCEA designed to spur innovation and rapid acquisition in defense technology. Dubbed PlugFests, the events are managed by the Rapid Integration Innovation Process (RI2P) special interest group, which is dedicated to showing the value of such events to government and industry.
The nation's largest, simultaneous high school cybersecurity competition is back, and students across the nation have until October 8 to sign up. Winners will walk away from CyberPatriot III with scholarships and the knowledge of how to defend computer networks against real-life threats.