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Deloitte to Sponsor National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

Deloitte to Sponsor National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition - top government contractors - best government contracting event
JR Reagan, Deloitte
Deloitte to Sponsor National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition - top government contractors - best government contracting event
JR Reagan, Deloitte

Deloitte has announced it will be the national sponsor of the sixth annual National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

The event, founded in 2005 by the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security, allows teams of undergraduate and graduate students at U.S. universities to exercise their academic and technical skills in defending networks against attack.

“We are pleased to support the NCCDC,” said Lt. Gen. Harry D. Raduege, chairman of Deloitte Center for Cyber Innovation and co-chairman of the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency. “It plays an important role in building the nation’s future cyber workforce.”

Threats in cyberspace are real, ranging from crooks trying to steal bank-account information to terrorist activity seeking to hack into critical infrastructures, Raduage said.

“In order to protect against these threats, to track down cyber criminals and to effectively respond, there is a high demand for a specially trained, sophisticated cyber workforce,” he added. “NCCDC is helping to provide this future workforce with the right training.”

Held April 2011, the national competition will be hosted by the CIAS, which is part of the Institute for Cyber Security at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Competing teams of eight undergraduate and graduate students are tasked with maintaining servers and workstations, users and data files and defending business networks, while performing common business-related and administrative tasks. Points are awarded and lost for how well teams are able to maintain their respective networks.

“The NCCDC is a great way for these talented students to demonstrate their skills to sponsors like Deloitte who are actively involved in the competition and to other companies who may want to hire them,” said JR Reagan, principal at Deloitte & Touche LLP and head of the Center for Federal Innovation. “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.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.”

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