The Raytheon-sponsored 2016 NationalÂ Collegiate Cyber Defense CompetitionÂ for 2016 will start MondayÂ in an initiative toÂ educate and develop both current talentÂ and future generations of cybersecurity workers.
“Now more than ever before, the U.S. and countries around the world are connected by global information networks,” David Wajsgras, president of Raytheonâ€™s intelligence, information and services unit, said in a release Thursday.
“The risk to nations’ networks are complex and is the driving force that propels Raytheon to take action to help build our cyber talent pipeline with this national competition.”
NCCDC isÂ a competition that aims to simulateÂ real-world commercial business environments and challenges participants to combat live cyber attacks and at the same time manageÂ information technology operations.
At least 180 collegiate teams will compete in 10Â regional competitions from March 4 to April 7 toÂ determine the participants that will competeÂ atÂ the national championship in San Antonio, Texas betweenÂ April 22 and 24.
University of Central Florida won the last two competitions and were offered scholarships and a tour on a number of national cyber security sites such asÂ the Department of Homeland Security andÂ National Cryptologic Museum at the National Security Agency.