Gov. Mike Parson to Recognize Cyber Security Challenge Students

  • Published: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019

In conjunction with MOREnet’s annual conference, Gov. Mike Parson and other dignitaries will recognize the highest performers from 10 teams hailing from seven Missouri high schools. "It is estimated that there will likely be 3.5 million unfilled cyber security jobs by 2021. It's vitally important we do what we can to expose students to cyber security concepts and practice," said Natasha Angell, MOREnet executive director. "Learning how to penetrate a network from a hacker's viewpoint helps prepare future cyber security experts for the challenges they will face on the job."

Previously, students competed in a multi-round competition testing their skills in networking, programming and operating system security. Teams of three students collaborated to solve real-world challenges such as brute force password attacks, PHP code exploitation and vulnerability scanning. The teams were then evaluated on the number of completed virtual challenges as well as the highest demonstrated mastery of the essential cyber security skills.

Other notable attendees to the challenge's finals include Angela Robinson, a cybersecurity specialist, Missouri Office of Homeland Security; Dan Commons, chief information security officer, U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid; and Jason Martin, services directorate executive, U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency.

MOREnet partnered with the Missouri Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (MCCOE) to present this event.