Are You A Cyber Warrior? Uncle Sam Wants You!

It seems that our country and major companies need more engineers to fight a cyber war from countries that are attacking us from around the world. In the notorious China case[s], not only have our major corporations been attacked but also some of our countries top governmental agencies. In an effort to stem the attacks, the U.S. government and U.S. corporations are attempting to attract students who are technological geniuses when it comes to hacking systems, in the hopes they can apply their talents to stop cyber attacks.

In an effort to prevent hacks, Boeing is going to extreme measures to acquire new talent. In one recent article it states that:

In cybercrime circles, this is called “social engineering,” and criminals use the tactics to circumvent companies’ Internet security software by tricking employees to download harmful software or cough up passwords. Osborn doesn’t look the part of a hacker, with his short blond hair, baby face, and glasses. Yet he’s persuasive—after a few calls, he finds an employee who agrees to download malicious software that will open a door into the computer network and let Osborn break in.

In real life, Osborn isn’t a cybercriminal; he’s a student participating in a cyberdefense competition at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, Calif., that drew about 65 students from Western colleges. The campus is situated on a former ranch east of Los Angeles. Horses and sheep still graze in the pastures.

Boeing (BA) and the Black Hat computer security conference sponsored the regional competition, held Mar. 26 to 28. Cisco Sytems (CSCO) and Intel (INTC) donated computer equipment. The goal is to help companies recruit students who can assist in bolstering their defenses against cyberattacks.

Last year Boeing hired seven students who competed in this event, and the company hopes to fill a few slots with talent discovered this year, too. “It’s about [developing] the next generation of cyberwarriors to protect the nation,” says Alan Greenberg, technical director of cyber and information solutions at Boeing.

Boeing employs about 2,000 cybersecurity workers, up from roughly 100 in 2004. This year, the company may hire 15 to 30 cybersecurity workers, Greenberg says.

For the U.S. government there was this:

While the government’s scholarship program can fill about 120 entry-level cybersecurity jobs, the feds need about 1,000 recent grads to fill those spots, according to the report.

Together, the U.S. public and private sectors will need about 60,000 cybersecurity workers in the next three years, says Greenberg. “There will be a shortage.

So if you are a cyber warrior now is a great time to apply your talents to protect all of us from cyber terror.We are all aware how serious this problem has become and I am positive there will be more future attacks by those countries who seek to under mind our government and corporations.

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