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SC Cyber Launches “NSA Day of Cyber” School Challenge

April 19, 2017 - Posted in Education by Bette Jamison
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Statewide cybersecurity organization SC Cyber announces the launch of South Carolina’s “NSA Day of Cyber” School Challenge.

The challenge began March 1, 2017 and will run through the end of April 2017. Participating students will take part in rigorous, real-life virtual cyber scenarios, discover the skills and tools used by the NSA cyber professionals, and explore the vast number of careers in cybersecurity. Students will each receive an individualized Cyber Resume and NSA Certificate of Completion.

“The “Day of Cyber” School Challenge will introduce students to careers in high-demand sectors like cyber security,” said Tom Scott, SC Cyber Executive Director. “The key to successfully navigating our new digital economy and supporting the growing cyber security ecosystem within South Carolina will be the investment in our workforce and the necessary educational foundations that a program such as this provides for students.”

Schools will compete for the highest student participation over the course of the next two months. The school with the highest student participation will win a cash prize that will go towards enhancing cyber programs within their school. These participants will also be honored at an awards ceremony at the 2017 SC Cyber Summit on May 23 in Columbia. A weekly dashboard will be featured on the SC Cyber website at

“Cybersecurity is the ‘space race’ of our generation, and cyber skills are the new alphabet,” said LifeJourney CEO Rick Geritz. “Equipping teachers and parents with the tools they need to bring cyber into the classroom is imperative. SC Cyber’s leadership to prioritize cyber security skills will not only accelerate South Carolina’s workforce, but also serve as a model for the nation.”

How to Sign-Up

SC Cyber Executive Director Tom Scott is encouraging high school educators across the Palmetto state to take part in the “NSA Day of Cyber” School Challenge by registering and participating before the end of April. South Carolina educators can learn more at or register at For additional information, please contact Kimberly Paradise at

About NSA Day of Cyber

The NSA Day of Cyber, sponsored by the National Security Agency and powered by LifeJourney technology, is an online, self-guided career exploration and mentorship platform that enables students to test-drive cyber careers and live a day in the life of six leading NSA cyber professionals. Each student will receive a Cyber Resume and Certificate of Completion signed by the NSA

About LifeJourney

LifeJourney is a mentor technology that enables students to test drive STEM careers. Students embark on their journey to explore, understand, and experience their future, led by the nation’s STEM leaders.

About SC Cyber

SC Cyber is a statewide South Carolina initiative, based at the University of South Carolina and with partners across all levels of academia, industry, and government, with a mission to develop the talent, techniques, and tools to defend critical, connected infrastructure within South Carolina and the United States. In support of this mission, SC Cyber creates and offers programs for training and workforce development, education, advanced technology development and commercialization, and critical infrastructure protection. Learn more at


For Immediate Release 

COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 1, 2017)

Media Contact: Thomas Scott, Executive Director, SC Cyber 1301 Gervais Street Suite 110, Columbia, SC 29201 O. 803-777-6951 | M. 850-556-1562


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