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Va. students to compete in cyber security challenge

Friday - 9/21/2012, 7:46am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia high school students are being invited to participate in a cyber security competition.

The Governor's Cyber Challenge will include a set of online quizzes. Students with the 40 highest scores will advance to the in-person finals at George Mason University.

The first part of the competition will be held this fall. The finals are set for March 2.

The winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship. The second-place finisher will receive a $3,000 scholarship and the third-place finisher will receive a $1,500 scholarship.

Gov. Bob McDonnell says events such as the Governor's Cyber Challenge will help to introduce students to technology skills that will be needed in the 21st century.

George Mason, the U.S. Cyber Challenge and the SANS Institute are hosting the competition.

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Governor's Cyber Challenge: http://www.techno logy.virginia.gov/CyberChallenge/index.cfm.


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