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Nationwide competition hopes to recruit young cybersecurity pros

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(Read caption) The cybersecurity industry has reported staffing shortages, but a nationwide competition, US Cyberchallenge, hopes to recruit and train 10,000 high school and college students to prepare them for careers in such a field.

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The hunt for the nation's top cybersecurity pros is on.

High school and college students interested in following a career path in cybersecurity can now sign up to compete in the US Cyber Challenge, a nationwide competition, which will recruit 10,000 promising students in hopes of training them for future cybersecurity positions at federal agencies and corporations.

The US Cyber Challenge, sponsored by The Center for Strategic & International Studies, is the latest effort to ramp up cybersecurity forces – a career field that has reported staffing shortages amidst a growing concern around Internet security threats. Earlier this month, hackers infiltrated corporate and government websites in the US and South Korea. Before that incident, hackers gained access to the US Military's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Project, and a US Military computer base in Afghanistan.

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