"As a country we are coming to understand how important it is that we train real-world and high-tech warriors. With Congress currently debating the best approach to cyber security, it is clearly urgent that we quickly learn how to safeguard our virtual information. Anyone who has suffered identity theft can attest: as a nation, as individuals, we need protection from crime and espionage online.
And who will provide this protection? Today’s youth — the very warriors who are engaged in learning through cyber sport. You’ll find these warriors doing battle on such playing fields as National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, the United States’ Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot, the U.S. Cyber Challenge, and the Global CyberLympics. Such landmark events are raising national awareness about the need for increased education and ethical understanding within the field of information security. And these events also offer the perfect environment for students to put the theories and skills they have learned in their coursework to practical use."