OVER 70 YOUTH PARTICIPATE IN CYBER COMPETITION
Midwest Cyber Center Hosts CyberPatriot Recruitment Event
In preparation for the upcoming National CyberPatriot X Competition, Midwest Cyber Center (MC²) hosted a cybersecurity competition, iGen Cyber Games, for high school and middle school students Sept 23 at UMSL in St. Louis, MO and Sept 24 at McKendree University in Lebanon, IL.
During this event, over 70 high school and middle school students competed against one another in an effort to test and expand cybersecurity skills and awareness. The Military Cyber Professionals Association (MCPA) created and lead the cyber puzzles the students tackled. The challenges consisted of Cryptography, Network Exploitation, Packet Analysis, Programming, Reverse Engineering, and Steganography related questions.
UMSL and McKendree University teamed up with MC² to lead the way for cybersecurity youth initiatives.
“iGen Cyber Games provides an opportunity for students in the middle to high school to be exposed to cyber security, said Asst. Professor Maurice Dawson. “This provides an excellent opportunity for creating and cultivating interest in this growing field. More events and frequency of these events are needed in the Saint Louis Metropolitan Region. As the state’s only NSA & DHS CAE 4 Yr in Cyber Defense Education we firmly feel that UMSL should assist in cultivating the development of talent for the Midwest.”
“McKendree University recognizes the tremendous importance of cybersecurity. Modern information technology is connecting every aspect of our lives, making us more dependent on this technology than ever before,” said Daryl Hancock, senior administrator at McKendree University and former senior naval officer who served as the Director of Intelligence for Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. Transportation Command. “This dependence also makes us more vulnerable than ever before, both as individuals and as a nation. That’s why McKendree University supports efforts like the Midwest Cyber Center’s iGen Cyber Games, and other initiatives to educate and spread cybersecurity awareness to ensure that technology is available, protected and secure.”
The Air Force Association (AFA) established CyberPatriot in 2009 to inspire students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.
Midwest Cyber Center (MC²) is dedicated to inspiring the St. Louis Regional youth towards cybersecurity and other STEM programs to help generate a future workforce.
About Midwest Cyber Center
Midwest Cyber Center (MC²) was founded in 2015 by regional leaders to connect the region’s cyber ecosystem through workforce development, youth education, and information sharing programs. To learn more visit www.midwestcybercenter.org, or call us at 618-722-5117.