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US Cyber Challenge Training Hackers to Fight Criminals and Spies




US Cyber Challenge Training Hackers to Fight Criminals and Spies
US Cyber Challenge Training Hackers to Fight Criminals and Spies



http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-08-14-voa54.cfm 

By Meredith Hegg
Washington
VOA News
14 August 2009
	
Computer security engineer Alan Paller recalls how the Soviet Union's 
1957 launch of Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite, spurred 
the U.S. government to accelerate its lagging space technology program. 
Now Paller, research director at an educational company called the SANS 
Institute, is leading the campaign to bring that kind of energy to 
defending cyberspace from assault by pranksters, thieves, spies and 
terrorists.

"The Cyber Challenge is a national program, not unlike the response to 
the Sputnik challenge in the late fifties, where the U.S. found itself 
no longer ahead," Paller says. "Now, it's no longer ahead in cyber 
security and this is the project to find the talent and nurture it so 
that we will surge back into the lead."

In addition to training camps, scholarships, and internships, the U.S. 
Cyber Challenge includes three talent-search competitions. Paller 
explains that the United States is not the first country to do this kind 
of thing.

"China, for example, has had an annual competition in every military 
district in the country for the last five years," he says. "The winner 
in Chengdu. for example, in 2005, turned out to be the person that the 
Department of Defense found deeply inside the Pentagon [computer 
network]."

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