North Dakota covers schools’ entry fees for national cyber competition

StateScoop: The North Dakota Information Technology Department announced Wednesday it will cover the registration fees for up to 25 schools participating in CyberPatriot, a national cybersecurity competition run by the Air Force to generate interest in technology careers.

The competition, which challenges and middle school and high school students to find and patch vulnerabilities in a virtual operating system, is held annually to help fill a global cybersecurity workforce gap. (One commonly cited prediction from 2018 holds that there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the United States by 2021.)

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