Mission Critical: Supporting the Cybersecurity Industry

Teknologize sponsors the Department of Energy’s CyberForce Competition

What is the CyberForce Competition?

Teknologize had the privilege of sponsoring and participating in the 2018 CyberForce Competition this year.  This annual event focuses on the defensive nature of cyber infrastructure and is put on and hosted by the Department of Energy. The competition pits college teams from around the region against cybersecurity experts who try to infiltrate, breach, and take down their systems. The competition runs simultaneously from locations across the country, and more than 50 teams competed across seven different National Labs.

As part of the Red Team tasked to wreak havoc on students’ systems, Teknologize techs worked hard to make sure these students’ defensive skills were really put to the test. The competition encouraged unique defense strategies and techniques in safeguarding cyber assets with real world applications and constraints. The teams had to to develop a working defense, utilizing zero dollars and ensuring that the system’s intended purpose was not compromised.

The competition was a great success and the students gained some real-world experience on what cybersecurity will really look like as they pursue this career.

Learn more about the CyberForce Competition

Why is this Important?

Unfilled cybersecurity careers will reach over 1.5 million by 2019. With the ever-increasing amount of technology placed on the internet, security becomes a high priority.

In short, cybersecurity is safety. Without professionals to fill the demands of across government and business, systems are susceptible to compromise.  It is mission critical to spread awareness and educate others about the importance of cybersecurity and the value that it brings at all levels, whether your own smartphone or PC to the Department of Defense.

How Do We Play Our Part in Cyber Security at Teknologize?

At Teknologize, part of our mission is to stay at the forefront of cybersecurity in our region. We live in a world where breaches, hacks and phishing attempts happen on too frequent a basis.  On the day of the competition itself, Marriot announced that information from 500+ million guests had been breaches and leaked onto the web. We strive to make sure our clients do not fall in the category of losing client information and compromising their business short or long term. We strive to be those experts, providing cyber security to businesses and organizations at all levels.

We also believe that it is extremely important to encourage and support people to explore careers in cybersecurity. The needs in this career field will continue to grow over the next few years. We are excited to support efforts like the CyberForce Competition put on by the DOE because they contribute to:

  • Hands-on cyber education to college students and professionals
  • Awareness into the critical infrastructure and cybersecurity nexus
  • Basic understanding of cybersecurity within a real-world scenario

We know that cybersecurity is critical to success and safety.

Learn more about how Teknologize can help your business remain safe and secure.