Day of Cyber Winners Announced
Friday, June 16, 2017
Posted by: Thomas Scott
Fort Dorchester High School Wins NSA Day of Cyber School Challenge
Ft. Dorchester Asst. Principal Jack Mansor accepts the SC Cyber and SC Chamber Award
(L-R MG (USA Ret) Les Eisner, SC Cyber Executive Director Tom Scott, Ft. Dorchester Asst. Principal Jack Mansor, Donna Swanger from ECPI University and NSA Representative Brenda Martineau)
Over 600 SC Students Compete to Win Technology Award
COLUMBIA, S.C. (March May 31, 2017) — Statewide cybersecurity organization SC Cyber announced the winners of South Carolina’s “NSA Day of Cyber” School Challenge at the SC Cyber 2017 Summit held May 23 in Columbia, SC. Fort Dorchester High School (N.Charleston) finished atop the cyber scoreboard with over 300 students completing the online workshop and will receive a $1,000 technology award from SC Cyber.
ECPI University matched the award to provide Ft. Dorchester with a second $1,000 check
“We are excited for Fort Dorchester High School and applaud their business education teachers for recognizing the value of the NSA Day of Cyber program,” said Tom Scott, SC Cyber Executive Director. “Finishing a close second, and certainly deserving of an award was Langley-Bath-Clearwater Middle School who had 65% female completers in a traditionally male dominated profession.”
The challenge, which began March 1 and ran through the end of April, allowed participating students to take part in rigorous, real-life virtual cyber scenarios, discover the skills and tools used by the NSA cyber professionals, and explore the vast number of careers in cybersecurity. Students each received an individualized Cyber Resume and NSA Certificate of Completion.
“The “Day of Cyber” School Challenge introduced students to careers in high-demand sectors like cyber security,” said Scott, “The key to successfully navigating our new digital economy and supporting the growing cyber security ecosystem within South Carolina is the investment in our workforce and the necessary educational foundations that a program such as this provides for students.”
Schools competed for the highest student participation over the course of the competition. The school with the highest student participation won a cash prize that will go towards enhancing cyber programs within their school.
“Cybersecurity is the ‘space race’ of our generation, and cyber skills are the new alphabet,” said LifeJourney CEO Rick Geritz. “Equipping teachers and parents with the tools they need to bring cyber into the classroom is imperative. SC Cyber’s leadership to prioritize cyber security skills will not only accelerate South Carolina’s workforce, but also serve as a model for the nation.”
About NSA Day of Cyber
The NSA Day of Cyber, sponsored by the National Security Agency and powered by LifeJourney technology, is an online, self-guided career exploration and mentorship platform that enables students to test-drive cyber careers and live a day in the life of six leading NSA cyber professionals. Each student will receive a Cyber Resume and Certificate of Completion signed by the NSA
LifeJourney is a mentor technology that enables students to test drive STEM careers. Students embark on their journey to explore, understand, and experience their future, led by the nation’s STEM leaders.
About SC Cyber
SC Cyber is a statewide South Carolina initiative, based at the University of South Carolina and with partners across all levels of academia, industry, and government, with a mission to develop the talent, techniques, and tools to defend critical, connected infrastructure within South Carolina and the United States. In support of this mission, SC Cyber creates and offers programs for training and workforce development, education, advanced technology development and commercialization, and critical infrastructure protection. Learn more at sccyber.org.