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Navy looks for a few good cyber hackers
Friday - 4/23/2010, 5:47pm EDT
Cybersecurity Update - Tune in weekdays at 30 minutes past the hour for the latest cybersecurity news on The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Jane Norris (6-10 a.m.) and The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris (3-7 p.m.). Listen live at FederalNewsRadio.com or on the radio at 1500 and 820 AM in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
- The Navy is looking for a few good cyber hackers. The Navy Times reports that the Navy will grant five 4-year college scholarships to top Cyber Challenge performers who are eligible for the Naval ROTC Program. The students will be trained to become naval cyber warfare engineers or information warfare officers after graduation. U.S. Cyber Challenge, a series of cyberhacking competitions, starts later this month. Sponsors SANS Institute and the Center for Strategic and International Studies identify participants who perform well and connect them with further training and cybersecurity jobs - many in the government or military. Currently, there are 44,000 active and reserve positions connected to cybersecurity in the Navy, which conducted a grand overhaul of its information security program recently as part of a four-step plan to achieve a "proactive" state of cybersecurity by 2013. Experts estimate only a thousand people in the United States are qualified to perform at the highest levels to secure the country's electronic information.
- Honeywell is going to bid as a prime contractor for the Marine Corps Logistics Support Services contract. They're scheduling an industry day for June 3. Honeywell is looking for large and small business partners to bring expertise to the task areas. That includes program management, maintenance, training, technical data generation. They already provide services for government customers in management, space systems and services, networks and field engineering, Department of Defense logistics, depot maintenance, staff augmentation, calibration, information technology and cyber security.