Scott Air Force Base News

Cyber competition expands to St. Louis region, coming to SWIC

Midwest Cyber Center of Excellence is hosting a MWCCOE HackSpace Competition for high school and middle school students Sept. 10 and 17.

MWCCOE’s CyberPatriot recruitment event in the St. Louis area will be Sept. 10 at Maryville University in St. Louis. The metro-east event will be Sept. 17 at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville. Both events will be from 9 a.m.-noon. Awards and prizes will follow immediately after the event’s conclusion. The event, which is free for all students, is intended to give students firsthand exposure to cybersecurity and motivate them to pursue this critical and growing career field.

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill) recognizes the importance of cybersecurity.

“Our nation faces tens of thousands of daily cyber-attacks from countries like China and Russia, and I have seen firsthand how those threats are found and eliminated due to the experienced cyber personnel at Scott Air Force Base,” he said. “The tools and training provided by groups like CyberPatriot gives interested youth of Illinois the experience and awareness that not only can lead to a high-paying job but also work every day to protect our nation.”

Our nation faces tens of thousands of daily cyber-attacks from countries like China and Russia, and I have seen firsthand how those threats are found and eliminated due to the experienced cyber personnel at Scott Air Force Base.

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill)

The Air Force Association established CyberPatriot in 2009 to inspire students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future.

Midwest Cyber Center of Excellence is dedicated to inspiring the St. Louis Region’s youth towards cybersecurity and other STEM programs to help generate a future workforce.

Midwest Cyber Center of Excellence was founded in 2015 after regional leaders identified a lack of qualified workforce to meet the growing demand for cybersecurity professionals. To lean more visit www.mwccoe.org or call at (618) 722-5117.

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