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CSTA Applauds Virginia Governor McAuliffe’s “NSA Day of Cyber School Challenge”

Thursday, November 17, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Virginia Governor McAuliffe’s “NSA Day of Cyber School Challenge,” Issued To All Virginia High Schools, Points The Way For the Nation to Increase “Cyber IQ” and Elevating Computer Science as a Key Skill  

Washington DC  - CSTA Announced today its support of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s recent announcement of “Virginia’s NSA Day of Cyber School Challenge”, and its leadership views the Virginia challenge as the beginning of “a national movement” to make the United States number-one in the world in computer science and cybersecurity education.

"We applaud Governor McAuliffe and the State of Virginia for leading the way nationally in computer science and cybersecurity education by personally issuing the NSA Day of Cyber Challenge to all Virginia schools," said Dr. Mark Nelson, Executive Director of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), the world’s largest association of computer science teachers.

Dr. Nelson continued: "Think of it as the beginning of a national movement to increase America's Cyber IQ, The NSA Day of Cyber is an online cybersecurity career exploration and mentorship experience that is already free for teachers all over the US to run with their students, and thousands already have. We would love to see other states accelerate this movement at the level Governor McAuliffe has.  Cybersecurity companies throughout Virginia also have an opportunity to get behind Governor McAuliffe with the Cyber4Teachers initiative that creates corporate-funded scholarships for teachers to earn the Cyber Teacher Certificate offered by CSTA. Earning this certificate will extend the NSA Day of Cyber movement even further into an ongoing core competency for teaching cybersecurity.”

Cyber Industry Is Quick To Support Virginia Governor
Virginia cybersecurity companies began showing support of Governor McAuliffe’s NSA Day of Cyber School Challenge in Virginia by funding scholarships for teachers to build upon the NSA Day of Cyber experience by earning the Cyber Teacher Certificate offered by the CSTA.

“Our schools can’t rely only on textbooks to teach cyber, said Peder Jungck, Chief Technology Officer for Systems Intelligence & Security, BAE Systems. The information and technology changes so quickly, it's impossible to write a book that will remain relevant the minute it’s printed. That’s why we’re proud to support Governor McAuliffe’s initiative to enhance cyber education in Virginia schools through the Cyber4Teachers program. Cyber4Teachers works with organizations like ours to ensure its cyber training is constantly adapting to help students be aware of the skills in-demand and what they need to do to pursue careers in cyber defense. Together, we are helping teachers gain access to the tools they need to inspire the next generation of cyber experts that our country needs to endure and overcome the challenges of our world.”

CSTA: What Individual Educators -- and States -- Should Do Now With Virginia’s Example
The CSTA urges high school educators throughout the US to run the NSA Day of Cyber now and then complete the Cyber Teacher Certificate on a corporate-funded scholarship. The CSTA encourages states to emulate Virginia and issue statewide “NSA Day of Cyber School Challenges” of their own.

About CSTA
The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) is a membership organization that supports and promotes the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines. CSTA provides opportunities for K–12 teachers and students to better understand the computing disciplines and to more successfully prepare themselves to teach and learn.  CSTA was founded by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) as part of its continuing commitment to K-12 CS education.

About NSA Day of Cyber
The NSA Day of Cyber, sponsored by the National Security Agency and powered by LifeJourney technology, is an online, self-guided career exploration and mentorship platform that enables students to test-drive cyber careers and live a day in the life of six leading NSA cyber professionals. Each  student will receive a Cyber Resume and Certificate of Completion signed by the NSA. The NSA Day of Cyber experience is available, at no cost, to be run by schools and organizations anytime throughout the year. Schools, teachers, organizations, parents and students can register at  

About LifeJourney
LifeJourney ™ is a mentor technology that enables students to test drive their future by living a day in the life of a nation’s most iconic brands that support STEM education. Students embark on their journey to explore, understand and experience their future led by the nation’s STEM leaders.


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