Deloitte announced today it would be a national sponsor for the annual National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.
The event, which was founded in 2005 by the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS), brings together undergraduate and graduate students at different universities across the United States in an exercise that simulates a network cyber attack.
JR Reagan, principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP and head of the Center for Federal Innovation, said the competition allowed students to demonstrate their academic and technical skills to potential future employers.
“Given today’s competitive job market, students who are looking for a way to highlight their capabilities may find that being part of the NCCDC will work to their advantage,” he said. “Past NCCDC participants have had the good fortune to be offered jobs as a result of their work and we expect a similar outcome this year.”
After a series of regional and state-level rounds, the national competition will take place in April 2011.
Lt. General Harry Raduege, Deloitte’s Center for Cyber Innovation chairman, said the competition would give participants the skills they’ll need in the future.
“In order to protect against [cyber] threats, to track down cyber criminals and to effectively respond, there is a high demand for a specially trained, sophisticated cyber workforce,” he said.