Student athletes have long had high-school sports associations and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Now student hackers are getting their own governing body.
The newly created Cybersecurity Competition Federation will link existing but disparate cybersecurity competitions under shared rules, scoring metrics, and ethics. It will cover the secondary and postsecondary competitions, centralizing contests that are an increasingly important tool for the training and recruiting of the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.
“The Cybersecurity Competition Federation is a collaboration of stakeholders who believe in the value of cybersecurity competitions to work together to develop common metrics, a common pathway, and a common set of ethics that can apply to all competitions,” says Daniel P. Manson, chair of the computer-information-systems department at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona and principal architect of the federation. “It is what a sport has.”