The Department of Energy will host the fourth iteration of an annual contest that would allow cybersecurityÂ college students to access national laboratories. TheÂ CyberForce Competition will take place Nov. 15Â 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 aÂ simulated infrastructure from an opposing group of cybersecurity professionals. The student teams will aim to secure systems while still providing services for a group representingÂ customers. A total of 105 student teams will participate in this year’s students.
ââThe idea behind the competition is to build a strong workforce to defend this infrastructure from cyberattacks,” saidÂ Amanda Joyce, the competition’s director and cybersecurity analysis group lead at Argonne National Laboratory.
Multiple DOE offices, including theÂ National Nuclear Security Administration, are co-funding CyberForce.