Cyber Aces competition identifies and trains next generation of cybersecurity workers

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A new series of competitions aims to identify and educate the next generation of cybersecurity experts.

Information technology (IT) professionals hoping to build their career in a growing specialty where job opportunities currently outnumber qualified individuals should look no further than cybersecurity. According to digital news website Mashable, this is a rapidly evolving section of the IT industry that offers people a well-paying salary and steady, long-term employment.  

In order to train the next generation of these experts, an organization called Cyber Aces has launched a series of competitions that targets people who have the necessary skills to become successful in this field. Participants – who include high school and college students as well as Ph.D. recipients – are invited to partake in contests for the chance to receive a $25,000 scholarship to put toward cybersecurity training through prestigious institutions. 

Individuals who have partaken in Cyber Aces' pilot program told Mashable that it was a positive experience for them.

"I thought it was great," said 55-year-old Jack Radigan, who recently won a competition in New Jersey. "I honestly had no expectation of what I was going to do here. I had a career in technology. I've never done any penetration testing, but I have a good bit of Unix knowledge, which served me well. I am totally jazzed about something like this. This is what we need: to give a forum for people to demonstrate their skills and ability."

It's great to see that there are organizations out there working to educate the next generation of IT workers. If you're looking to further your career in this field and are interested in learning more about Texas' economy and potential job options in the state, you should reach out to Inquest Staffing, a staffing agency in Houston. Our knowledgeable, friendly employees can answer any questions you may have.

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