Deloitte Backs National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition; Lt. Gen. Harry Raduege, JR Reagan Comment

Deloitte will serve as national sponsor of the sixth annual National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC).

“We are pleased to support the NCCDC. It plays an important role in building the nation’s future cyber workforce, ” said Lt. Gen. Harry Raduege, chairman, Deloitte Center for Cyber Innovation and co-chairman of the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency. “Threats in cyberspace are real — ranging from an individual trying to steal bank-account information, to organized crime probing for information that could be used for identity and grand theft, to terrorist activity seeking to hack into our critical infrastructures.  In order to protect against these threats, to track down cyber criminals and to effectively respond, there is a high demand for a specially trained, sophisticated cyber workforce.  NCCDC is helping to provide this future workforce with the right training.”

The event was created by the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS) in 2005. In the event, teams of undergraduate and graduate students from U.S. universities put their academic and technical skills in thwarting network attacks.

“The NCCDC is a great way for these talented students to demonstrate their skills to sponsors like Deloitte who are actively involved in the competition and to other companies who may want to hire them, ” said JR Reagan, principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP and head of the Center for Federal Innovation. “Given today’s competitive job market, students who are looking for a way to highlight their capabilities may find that being part of the NCCDC will work to their advantage.  Past NCCDC participants have had the good fortune to be offered jobs as a result of their work, and we expect a similar outcome this year.”

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