Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey Congratulates CyberPatriot IV Finalists
Mar 26, 2012 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) --
Governor McDonnell and Secretary of Technology, Jim Duffey, congratulated a team of students from the Marshall Academy High School of Falls Church, Va., who were among 24 teams nationwide that advanced to the National Finals of the CyberPatriot IV competition last week in Washington, D.C.
CyberPatriot is the nation's largest and fastest growing high school cyber defense competition established by the Air Force Association with Northrop Grumman Foundation as its presenting sponsor.
Secretary Duffey toured the Northrop Grumman Center for Innovative Solutions in McLean, Va., on March 24 to present, on behalf of the Governor, certificates of achievement to all finalists. The tour of the Center was part of a final day of activities for competitors while in the Washington, D.C. area. Duffey addressed the students emphasizing the importance of cyber security and other STEM disciplines
"Cyber Security is a critically important to discipline in the Commonwealth and for our nation. With a vast cyber industry calling Virginia home and the highest percentage of workers employed in high-tech positions in the country, we are acutely aware of the need for a strong cyber workforce," said Secretary Duffey. "Competitions, such as CyberPatriot, prepare and encourage our young people to pursue careers in this growing field."
"Grooming tomorrow's workforce is a top priority at Northrop Grumman," said Diane Miller, Northrop Grumman Program Director for CyberPatriot. "CyberPatriot is one of many educational STEM outreach opportunities the company is engaged in to help meet the ever-growing demand for cyber pros. We're thrilled with the participation from our Virginia high school teams and look forward to hiring some of those CyberPatriots to work for Northrop Grumman as interns this summer, maybe even here at the Center for Innovative Solutions."
The CyberPatriot IV competition started in October 2011 with 1,014 student teams participating nationwide, including more than 50 from across Virginia. After three virtual rounds of competition, the national finals took place on March 23rd. CyberPatriot was created to inspire high school students toward careers in cyber security or other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future.
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