Cybersecurity competition launched in California
An online competition was launched on Tuesday to find young men and women with the potential to become world-class cybersecurity professionals.
The competition, known as the California Security Treasure Hunt, will run through May 20. It is open to people 18 years and older who live in or attend schools in California.
The competition is conducted by a partnership involving the U.S. Cyber Challenge, the California Office of Information Security and California Polytechnic State University in Pomona, Los Angeles.
U.S. Cyber Challenge is a national talent search and skills development program, seeking to find 10,000 young Americans with the interests and skills to fill the ranks of cybersecurity practitioners, researchers and warriors.
Participants need to go to californiacyberchallenge.org, where they will be directed to the Security Treasure Hunt and asked to identify security flaws and vulnerabilities on a target system, organizers said.
Top performers will be eligible for an all-expense paid trip to the Cyber Challenge summer camp on July 19-23 at Cal Poly Pomona, California.
The camp will feature a week of intensive cybersecurity training and cover topics such as intrusion detection, penetration and forensics.
Similar competitions are being held in New York and Delaware.