The cybersecurity industry is struggling with a 3.1 million worldwide skills gap, so the need to attract people to the profession is acute. But closing the gap is no easy task, and getting young people interested in the field is challenging.
Innovative ideas to attract would-be cybersecurity professionals are always welcome. One such idea involves a collaboration by TikTok and the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE). The initiative, the US Cyber Games, is designed to awaken interest among young people by having budding cybersecurity professionals face off in an esports-like competition.
The US Cyber Games started in May with the US Cyber Open, during which nearly 700 aspiring cybersecurity professionals aged 18 to 26 competed for two weeks for an invitation to the
US Cyber Combine Invitational. The invitational, modeled after a sports combine, is an eight-week session that will include skills tests and interviews to evaluate the aptitude of each competitor.
Jessica Gulick, US Cyber Games Commissioner and CEO of Katzcy, told VentureBeat that many of the competitions emulate the Capture the Flag tournaments at the DEF CON security conference, during which teams race to find security flaws.
On October 5, the top 20 of a field of 70 competitors will be drafted into the US Cyber Team. The team will then train to represent the U.S. at the inaugural International Cybersecurity Challenge, which is scheduled for December and ..
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