Illinois launches Cyber Challenge to help fill jobs - – Rockford’s News Leader

Illinois launches Cyber Challenge to help fill jobs


The Cyber Aces Foundation has teamed up with the state of Illinois to launch the Illinois Governor's Cyber Challenge.

The challenge is a statewide competition to fill jobs in the cybersecurity workforce. It's designed to help teach and train Veterans and students.

"Similar to our shortage of fighter pilots at the start of World War II, we now have a critical shortage of skilled cyber defenders," Cyber Aces Founder Alan Paller said. "And like the pilot training programs of that era, Cyber Aces initiatives, such as the Illinois State Championship, are how we will create the specialists we need."

The challenge features free advanced online training and a Veterans Cyber Camp for top-performing Veterans. The final state championship will help identify the state's top talent for opportunities in both the public and private sectors.

Veterans who believe they have the proper skill for the challenge are encouraged to take a free entry-level education and testing program that focuses on networking, operating systems, and system administration. Registration is open and the competition is April 16 through April 29. Top performers will be invited to attend Summer Cyber Camp.

Another testing competition will be held in the fall and that will be open to Veterans, students, and other job seekers. A state championship with top performers from both quiz cycles will be held the following spring.


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