Hands-on experience is helpful to fully prepare for a career in cybersecurity. This is the reason why DHS supports cybersecurity competitions, which offer current and future cyber professionals the opportunity to test their skills in realistic scenarios.
Building Tomorrow's Workforce
The nation's cyber infrastructure depends on well-trained professionals to support and protect its systems and networks from attacks. DHS believes hands-on cyber competitions are a valuable learning method for all students, regardless of skill level. Cyber competitions are interactive, scenario-based events or exercises that help students develop and increase cybersecurity skills outside the traditional academic environment. Cyber competitions also provide a forum for networking and information sharing, which DHS believes to be an integral platform for increasing the future ranks of cybersecurity professionals.
Teachers: Start a Cyber Competition Team
Teachers can boost their students' interest and skills in cybersecurity through coaching a cyber competition team. Competitions give students an opportunity to put what they've learned into practice as they work as a team to solve problems in a new learning format. These competitions foster interest from students who might otherwise not pursue cybersecurity opportunities. One of the largest cyber competitions across the country is CyberPatriot. Middle and high school teachers can learn how easy it is to start a team by reading the CyberPatriot: How it Works Fact Sheet.
Find and Participate in Cybersecurity Competitions
Competitions are a great way to learn about cybersecurity, while encouraging participants to practice and enhance cybersecurity skills in a controlled, simulated real-world environment.