Missouri High School Cyber Security Challenge

Missouri Cyber Security Challenge

Cyber security skills are in high demand, and that demand is increasing. It's estimated that there will likely be 3.5 million unfilled cyber security jobs by 2021. It's vitally important to expose students to cyber security concepts and practices; learning how to penetrate a network from a hacker's viewpoint helps prepare future cyber security experts for the challenges they'll face on the job. This contest highlights various methodologies about applied critical thinking as it relates to securing a network.

Missouri Cyber Security Challenge Winners

Ten teams competed in the finals of the Missouri High School Cyber Security challenge, held in Tan Tar A Resort in Osage Beach on Oct. 9. The top 10 finalists were chosen through the first-round competition among more than 50 teams from across the state. Thanks to the competitors, and congratulations to this year's winners!

Check out these photos from the finals and the award ceremony!

The first place team received a $5000 grant toward the school’s cyber security program. Each member of the first-place team received:

  • Scholarship offer from Drury University (set amount renewable for four years)
  • Scholarship offer from Lindenwood University (set amount renewable for four years)
  • Scholarship offer from University of Missouri- Columbia (set amount renewable for four years)
  • One-year subscription to StormWind cyber security training

The second place school received a $3000 grant toward the school's cyber security program. The team members each received a scholarship offer from University of Missouri’s College of Engineering. (one time).

The third place team received a $2000 grant toward the school's cyber security program. Each team member received a scholarship offer from University of Missouri’s College of Engineering. (one time).

The grants to schools was coordinated by the Missouri Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. They worked with donors to secure the prize money.

As part of the University of Missouri System, we coordinated and hosted this event because of our commitment to take on challenges facing Missourians, help develop a stronger workforce and ensure a bright future for the state. By learning to both detect and create network vulnerabilities, these students are better poised to know how to keep networks safe.

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