New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), together with the Rhode Island Department of Education, the Rhode Island Science & Technology Advisory Council, and the Tech Collective, have joined Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) in offering the Rhode Island Cyber Foundations Competition.
The competition, Cyber Aces Online, is designed to identify and nurture talented individuals who can become the future cyber policy professionals for United States companies and government agencies.
Deemed as one of the most effective Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) competitions in the nation, Cyber Aces Online is an entry-level competition focusing on a series of increasingly challenging contests sponsored by the Cyber Aces Foundation. This organization works to significantly reduce the shortage in the cyber workforce by identifying, recruiting and placing the next generation of cyber security professionals. The three areas of study include networking, operating systems and system administration.
“It is clear that sufficiently securing our networks, whether in government or the private sector, will require a well-trained cyber security workforce. As a result of efforts such as the Rhode Island Cyber Foundation Competitions, the R.I. Cyber Disruption Team, and the University of Rhode Island’s annual Cyber Security Symposia, we are building a statewide consortium that will work to expand the cyber security workforce in Rhode Island, while meeting the increasing need for a strong public-private relationship in cyber space,” Congressman Langevin said in a statement.
In past years, the competition was only open to high school students. However, this year, in addition to high school students, all teachers, administrators, college students, veterans, job seekers and those seeking a career change are invited. Participation in the competition is free.
Additional information and registration can be found at www.cyberaces.org or by contacting Erin Flynn, manager of admissions outreach and events at NEIT as well as the Rhode Island Cyber Aces Online state coordinator. High schools, after-school programs, Civil Air Patrol teams, computer clubs and other groups are welcome to register as well. The registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 11. The competitions are scheduled as follows: Oct. 15-16: Competition for Module 1; Nov. 5-6: Competition for Module 2; Dec. 18-19: Competition for Module 3; Dec. 31: Access to content expires.