U.S. High School Cybersecurity Competitions

Building Cyber Talent Through Extracurricular Activities

Kayla Goode

Ali Crawford

Christopher Back

July 2022

In the current cyber-threat environment, a well-educated workforce is critical to U.S. national security. Today, however, nearly six hundred thousand cybersecurity positions remain unfilled across the public and private sectors. This report explores high school cybersecurity competitions as a potential avenue for increasing the domestic cyber talent pipeline. The authors examine the competitions, their reach, and their impact on students’ educational and professional development.

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