American high school students are learning cyberdefense in hacking contests set up by the U.S. government, according to the Washington Post.
“The contests include ‘Toaster Wars’, an online hacking game sponsored by the National Security Agency, and CyberPatriot, a national challenge that has grown from nine teams in 2009 to more than 1,200 this year,” the Post said.
Contests include activities such as preventing viruses from infecting computer networks.
Students also learn cyber ethics, and for a very practical reason: to work as a cyberwarrior for the U.S. government, they must have a clean record, which means no convictions for hacking. Northrop Grumman has already hired 40 former CyberPatriot participants, including four who are working in the company’s cybersecurity control center.