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The exponential growth of students participating in cybersecurity competition and challenge programs has been used as support for claims that the numbers of students interested in pursuing cybersecurity careers are also increasing. However, one recent study documented a decline in novice participants over the course of three cybersecurity competitions. This… (More)
Educators and sponsors endorse competitions as a strong, positive influence on career choice. However, empirical studies of cybersecurity competitions are lacking, and evidence from computer science and mathematics competitions has been mixed. Here we report initial results from an ongoing study of the National Cyber League to provide a glimpse of the role… (More)
Cybersecurity, by its very nature, is people-both defenders and attackers- engaged in a contest playing out on a field of information systems and technology. Just as in any contest of this kind, success lies in identifying talent and continually developing and conditioning teams of professionals.
In a time of global crisis in cybersecurity, competitions and related activities are rapidly emerging to provide fun and engaging ways of developing and assessing cybersecurity knowledge and skills. However, there is no neutral organization that brings them together to promote collective efforts and address common issues. This paper will describe the… (More)
The preliminary findings are reported from a four-year study of cybersecurity competency assessment and development achieved through the design of cyber defense competitions. The first year of the study focused on identifying the abilities that should indicate aptitude to perform well in the areas of operational security testing and advanced threat… (More)
Enhancing the Cybersecurity Workforce C ybersecurity, by its very nature, is people—both defenders and attackers— engaged in a contest playing out on a field of information systems and technology. Just as in any contest of this kind, success lies in identifying talent and continually developing and conditioning teams of professionals. However, the US… (More)
In this presentation we will present models and research findings related to characteristics of competitions including: game balance, engagement, frameworks, and difficulty.
Although the number of flexible workers is constantly growing, little is known about career paths built up on flexible employment. In this article, we investigate the chances of former flexible workers to be employed in a permanent full-time position. In two field experiments, we asked for employers' evaluation of applicants with a flexible employment… (More)