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Online treasure hunts in California, Delaware and New York aim to recruit and train potential cybersecurity professionals.
The Obama Administration says that an unsecure digital infrastructure vulnerable to cyberattacks could pose big problems for the country's national security. To recruit individuals with the talent to help ward off such attacks, U.S. Cyber Challenge and three state security offices launched the Security Treasure Hunt, a game in which hunters have to find the vulnerabilities in a given Web site. Starting this week through mid-May, participants in California, New York and Delaware (starting May 1) can analyze a test site to answer a number of multiple-choice questions about the site's security. Game organizers monitor participants' answers to discover potential talent. The best participants will get the opportunity to attend an all-expenses-paid summer camp in their state where they can receive additional cybersecurity training and network with public and private cybersecurity professionals. The USCC hopes to expand these treasure hunts to 15 states in 2011 and more than 35 states in 2012. (Photo: lunchtimemama, Flickr)