The SANS Institute and the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation recently announced the winners of the most recent U.S. Cyber Challenge, a competition to identify future cybersecurity professionals. Competitors came from more than 150 U.S. high schools, and the top finishers received more than $6,000 in scholarships. More significant than the performance of the winners is the fact that more than 2,000 students from 169 schools in 32 states and three territories participated, says (ICS)2 Foundation director Julie Peeler. "That's a good number of kids who are being exposed to cybersecurity, regardless of whether they go into the profession," Peeler says. "We are at least educating a larger workforce overall to an understanding of cybersecurity issues." The Cyber Foundation competitions are part of a broader U.S. Cyber Challenge effort that includes summer camps for college, high school, and younger students, the Air Force Association's Cyber Patriot program, and several other scholarship and training programs aimed at developing a future professional cybersecurity workforce. Launched in 2009, the U.S. Cyber Challenge set a goal of identifying and recruiting 10,000 people with native skills needed for cybersecurity.