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Nationwide Girls Go CyberStart Competition Includes Indiana

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced the 2019 Girls Go CyberStart challenge, a skills-based competition designed to encourage girls to pursue cyber-based learning and career opportunities. Registration is now open. Indiana was one of 16 states to participate in the inaugural event hosted in 2018 by the SANS Institute. More than 6,500 girls participated, including more than 400 Hoosier high school students. This year, the program has expanded to 26 states, including a collegiate competition, and the organization provides free cybersecurity resources to interested schools.“Indiana is a proven cybersecurity leader and continues to grow its reputation as a national leader in technology,” Gov. Holcomb said. “We should encourage our young people to know and pursue tech-based skills to help develop critical thinking skills and find fulfilling careers in a high-wage, high-demand field.”The country faces a deep shortage in computer science and cyber-trained workers, although experts predict these to be some of the highest paying, in-demand jobs. Since 2010, cyber jobs have increased by more than 75 percent, outpacing the talent pool and resulting in more than 1 million unfilled cyber positions nationwide. In Indiana, an estimated 2,300 jobs are unfilled, according to the Cyberseek jobs tool.Girls Go CyberStart centers on a fun and thought-provoking game to inspire young women to test their aptitude in cyber skills. Female students in grades 9-12 can participate for free, either as individuals or as part of a school-based team. As part of theCyberStart challenge, participants will take on the roles of agents in the Cyber Protection Agency, where they will develop forensic and analytical skills and deploy them to sleuth through challenges and tackle various online cybercriminal gangs.As they work their way through the game, players will be challenged to solve puzzles and be introduced to a broad spectrum of cybersecurity disciplines, including forensics, open-source intelligence, cryptography and web application security.In 2018, a team from Park Tudor High School in Indianapolis took home the first-place finish from among nearly 400 Hoosier students who participated. For a quick look at some of the challenges, visit the CyberStart website.This year, college students can participate in a separate challenge called Cyber FastTrack, which allows students who excel in both the CyberStart Game and CyberStart Essentials (an online course that extends the learning of CyberStart Game) to be eligible to win $2.5 million in scholarships for advanced cybersecurity training and to be introduced to employers for internships and jobs in the field.High school girls may register for Girls Go CyberStart now through March 20, when the games begin. College students may register for Cyber FastTrack beginning on April 5 and will be able to start playing immediately. Participating students do not need prior cybersecurity knowledge or IT experience. All that is required is a computer and an Internet connection.More information may be found at girlsgocyberstart.org for Girls Go CyberStart and at cyber-fasttrack.org for Cyber FastTrack.last_img read more

Democrats say Holcomb’s State Of The State missed the mark

first_img Facebook Google+ Google+ Democrats say Holcomb’s State Of The State missed the mark Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest By Network Indiana – January 20, 2021 2 123 Facebook (Photo supplied/State Of Indiana) Gov. Holcomb didn’t pay enough attention to Hoosiers who are struggling, said Democratic leaders in the Indiana House and Senate, following Gov. Eric Holcomb’s State of the State speech Tuesday night. That includes Indiana’s teachers.“This is the thirs State of the State in a row that I have heard the governor promise teachers that they deserve a raise,” said House Minority Caucus Leader Rep. Terri Austin.The governor’s plan this year is similar to last year’s, providing a $377 million increase in K-12 public education money, and suggestions for districts to cut costs and use that money to raise teacher pay.“I think that the governor is tone deaf,” said Austin. “The families that I talk to, not just in my own district but around the state, are struggling.”Austin said that even though the state may not want to take over designating money especially for teacher pay, and may want to continue to leave that to the districts. But, she said she believes there could be some accountability for the districts on whether they actually use that money for teacher pay increases.A large portion of the governor’s speech, as in previous State of the State speeches, focused on filling over 100,000 jobs, and getting people educated to be able to fit those jobs. Twitter IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Previous articleSen. Todd Young attends inauguration with Indiana’s Guard GeneralNext articleWhitmer and Michigan GOP prepare to face off over COVID relief Network Indianalast_img read more

Friday people roundup

first_imgVarma, RobecoSAM, Vescore, PLSA, Standard Life, Unigestion, Schroder Investment Management, GAM, Generali Investments, Jetstone Asset Management, Rogge Global PartnersVarma – Pekka Piispanen, Casimir Lindholm and Eila Annala have been elected by the supervisory board of Finnish pensions insurance company Varma to the firm’s board of directors. Piispanen is a director of Akava, the Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland, Lindholm is chief executive of construction firm Lemminkäinen, and Annala is managing director of healthcare service company PlusTerveys. Annala has been elected as a deputy member, while the other two are to be full members. The appointments will take effect on 1 January 2017, the day after board chair Berndt Brunow’s term ends. Board member Veli-Matti Töyrylä’s term will expire then, as will that of deputy board member Mikko Ketonen. Four other members and deputy members’ terms are also due to finish at the end of December, but they will remain on the board.RobecoSAM – Aris Prepoudis is joining the investment manager as chief executive from 1 January 2017, subject to its Swiss regulator’s approval. He will take over from Reto Schwager, who has been interim chief executive since August 2016. Schwager will continue to perform as global head of private equity and a member of the executive committee. Prepoudis was until recently the chief executive of Vescore (formerly Notenstein Asset Management) and before that head of the institutional client business unit at Notenstein Privatbank. PLSA – The UK’s Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association has appointed Jamie Jenkins, head of pensions strategy at Standard Life, to its Defined Contribution Council. Jenkins leads on strategy for Standard Life’s pension business and previously led its corporate pensions operation. He is a scheme trustee and sits on a number of regulatory and trade body councils and advisory groups. Unigestion – Miles O’Connor has been appointed chairman of the board of Unigestion UK, based in London. He was previously the head of UK institutional and head of EMEA institutional at Schroder Investment Management. He has also held senior management roles at Barclays Global Investors and was head of international business development at Bank of America/WorldInvest for six years.GAM – Gerald Saam has joined the asset manager’s institutional sales teams in Frankfurt, having previously been at Generali Investments Europe in Cologne for five years. Before that, he held institutional sale positions at Nomura Bank and Threadneedle Investments.Jetstone Asset Management – Igor Pikovsky has been appointed chief risk officer. He joins from Rogge Global Partners in London, where he was a senior partner and global head of risk. Before then, he worked at Credit Suisse First Boston and Morgan Stanley.last_img read more