By Rebecca U. Cho
A shortage of experts to protect the U.S. against hackers has led the
government to cast a wide net for talent - and next week that net lands
at Cal Poly Pomona.
The 22 winners of a statewide competition that sought to identify
Californians with a talent for cyber security - the protection of
computers and networks against attacks - are set to gather at the
university for a weeklong cyber camp beginning Monday.
Kevan Carstensen, 23, an Upland resident and a graduate student at Cal
Poly Pomona, and Sean Kooyman, 20, a Yucaipa resident and a senior at
Cal State San Bernardino, are both participants.
Delaware and New York are also hosting camps, organized through the U.S.
Cyber Challenge, a nonprofit initiative to build up 10,000 Americans
over the next few years to enter the fields of computer security.
"Cyber security is a growing field," said Karen Evans, the national
director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge. "There's a limited number of
people with the right skill set to do these jobs. We want to create a
framework to generate buzz and interest."
About 1,000 people in the U.S. have the skills to work effectively in
cyber security, but the need is for about 30,000, said Evans, who
previously managed information technology for the George W. Bush
administration. The Center for Strategic & International Studies, a
bipartisan nonprofit based in Washington, launched the challenge.
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