Cyber Aces to find cybersecurity talent
students ideal for recession-proof jobs
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CHICAGO -- The Illinois' Cyber
Aces State Championship is now in the second round of competition to
identify individuals with the skills to excel in the emerging
cybersecurity field. The Illinois Department of Employment Security
made the announcement last week.
The challenge is part of Gov. Pat Quinn's agenda to grow the
Illinois economy, increase public safety and help veterans, students
and career-changers enter the growing cyber workforce and obtain
"We are reminded every day of the critical
importance cybersecurity jobs have in the public and private sector.
These positions are in demand, pay extremely well and are
recession-proof," said IDES Director Jay Rowell. "This challenge is
a unique way to identify talent, especially among our veterans,
community college students and career-changers."
Here's how the free virtual competition works: The competition
focuses on three critical modules: computer networking, operating
systems and system administration. Anyone can compete. Contestants
go to www.cyberaces.org to
register, complete a tutorial, and practice between now and the
first quiz, which will be on Oct. 15. The competition, also virtual,
is at the same website and must be completed Oct. 15 or 16.
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This is the second phase of the yearlong effort. The first phase
occurred in the spring, and additional competition dates are
scheduled to begin Nov. 5 and Dec. 18. Qualifiers who perform best
in the three competitions will compete in a championship round Feb.
"Cyber Aces is thrilled to continue our partnership with Gov.
Quinn to help Illinois provide its citizens with the opportunity to
gain the skills needed to fill critical jobs in online security,"
said Alan Paller, founder of Cyber Aces.
Department of Employment Security
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