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National Labs to Welcome Students for 2019 DOE Cyber Contest

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The Department of Energy will host the fourth iteration of an annual contest that would allow cybersecurity college students to access national laboratories. The CyberForce Competition will take place Nov. 15 to 16 across 10 national laboratories within the country, Argonne National Laboratory said Friday.

The competition aims to bolster the U.S. cybersecurity workforce by extending skill-building opportunities.

Teams of students will work to protect a simulated infrastructure from an opposing group of cybersecurity professionals. The student teams will aim to secure systems while still providing services for a group representing customers. A total of 105 student teams will participate in this year’s students.

​“The idea behind the competition is to build a strong workforce to defend this infrastructure from cyberattacks,” said Amanda Joyce, the competition’s director and cybersecurity analysis group lead at Argonne National Laboratory.

Multiple DOE offices, including the National Nuclear Security Administration, are co-funding CyberForce.