Christopher Back was a Semester Research Analyst at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), where he worked on the CyberAI project. He is currently pursuing a B.S. in Information Technology and Systems with a minor in political science at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is a traveling fellow with the Bill Archer Fellowship program for federal policy. Previously, he interned in cybersecurity for defense contracting at Textron.
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.