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SC Cyber Launches Day of Cyber 17-18

Sunday, November 12, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Statewide cybersecurity organization SC Cyber announced the launch of South Carolina’s “NSA Day of Cyber” School Challenge. The challenge began on November 1st and will run through the end of April 2018. 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 six 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 2018 SC Cyber Summit on May 24 in Charleston South Carolina. A weekly dashboard will be featured on the SC Cyber website at

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

South Carolina Schools Register at



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





Join with SC Cyber and the National Security Agency...




...Participate in SC Cyber's "NSA Day of Cyber" School Challenge



SC Cyber would like to invite your school to participate in the SC Cyber “NSA Day of Cyber School Challenge.”


Thousands of open and unfilled cybersecurity jobs are present in South Carolina and across the country and the demand for cybersecurity professionals is growing twelve times faster than the job market overall.  It is imperative that our state is preparing our students for the rewarding and impactful careers in this high-demand field.


The SC Cyber “NSA Day of Cyber School Challenge” is a state-wide program that will help ignite interest in cybersecurity careers among the state's youth by enabling them to test drive cyber careers with the fully-funded online cybersecurity career exploration platform called the NSA Day of Cyber. The program is sponsored by the National Security Agency.


The NSA Day of Cyber is an interactive web platform that enables students to take a seat beside the NSA Cyber Threat Director and test drive a day in the life of six NSA cyber professionals. Students will virtually participate in challenging real-world cyber scenarios that will allow them to discover the skills and tools used by the NSA cyber professionals and explore the vast number of careers in cybersecurity. Once completed, each student will each receive their Cyber Resume and NSA Certificate of Completion.


The NSA Day of Cyber is an opportunity for our students to understand the skills and education pathways needed to achieve exciting futures in the lucrative cybersecurity market.  It is also an excellent approach to building our cyber workforce as we continue to enhance the state's reputation as an international leader in cyber innovation and security.



If you have any questions about the  “NSA Day of Cyber School Challenge”, you may contact Kim Paradise, Vice President of Partnerships at (410) 598-2548 or by email at







SC Cyber “Day of Cyber School Challenge”



How it Works:

  • The challenge will open on October 1, 2017 in conjunction with National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
  • The challenge will run through April 30, 2018.
  • Schools and teachers with the highest student participation in the program will be recognized at the 2017-18 SC Cyber Summit May 24, 2018 in Charleston.
  • Schools with the highest student participation will win a cash technology award for their school.
  • Highest student participation will be based on the number of students running the introductory portion of the NSA Day of Cyber and having generated their "Cyber Resume."
  • Helpful Tips for the running the NSA Day of Cyber in the classroom are available in the Instructor Resource Guide.
  • No teacher training is required and students only need a computer and Internet access with approximately two hours required to perform the activities either at the school or at home.

How to Register:

  • Schools and teachers should sign-up using the SC Cyber "NSA Day of Cyber School Challenge" custom registration key:





Once you have registered, confirmed your email and activated your account, you will be taken to your instructor dashboard where you will find the Student Registration Key and URL your students will use when registering.



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