Hackers vie for cybersecurity training

Would-be cyber-warriors are competing for spots in a cybersecurity training program at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey, reports Community College Times.

More than 600 people registered for the Governor’s CyberChallenge, a competition that tests participants on networking, system administration, operating systems and their ability to be “cyber warriors.”  After the competition ends on March 23, only the top few participants will get access to an intensive cybersecurity curriculum with hands-on labs and be placed in prestigious residencies.

Competition participants are high school seniors and college students, veterans and active duty military, and job seekers with a “hacker mentality and curiosity that hasn’t been tapped yet,” said Michael Qaissaunee, a professor at BCC and one of the program’s originators.

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano projects high demand for cybersecurity workers.

The training will combine BCC networking and systems administration curricula with the SANS Institute’s security curriculum.