An Esports Tournament for Hackers?
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Journal reporter james rundle who's part of the journals pro cybersecurity security team james. It sounds like a good idea creating an e sports category for cyber security <hes> essentially to kill two birds with one stone boosting interest in both e. sports and the overall industry yes essentially so cybersecurity has a pretty severe recruitment problem right now <hes> hundreds of thousands of vacancies in the u._s. alone millions worldwide worldwide so that areas if you can broaden the appeal attract youth through sports on maybe can help plug that gap well. The question is how interested would viewers really c._b._s. Watching sports contestants patch systems isn't this kind of a laborious process. It's a bit like watching paint dry so <hes> yeah that's the problem. You know you're watching people at the movies glorify radio watching people do the homework every competes as a there are some efforts underway to change this one gentleman who spoke to jason taylor. That's not a proof of concept where it would visualize the action going on in a game four months <hes> piece of put together something the unreal engine <hes> and it was pretty successful. There have already been cyber sports cyber sports competitions having their in the form of capture the flag contests and they're. They're more coming up on it. You talk about that yes so there was one recently in august called wicked six which pitted sixteenths from different colleges across the u._s. against each other raising money for charity. <hes> it was a bit of a test i think just to see if it could work and that kind of format with a live audience and it seemed to go pretty well that they're gonna get next year. <hes> catch the fly contest. Do you happen at most conferences throughout the world <hes> specifically defcon a blackout the the biggest ones <hes> but this is one of the first times that it's really had all the trappings of an sportswoman is a big one is scheduled to take place in the fall season featuring thousands of students discovering. What two months yes. This is the national cyber league. It's a very interesting program. That's been run since two thousand twelve. <hes> gentle daniel manson at the u. The polytechnic pomona runs it and essentially it allows high school and college students to compete individually and in teams against each other of the course of two seasons they in the spring and the full semesters and <hes> it's been pretty successful gordon <hes> just under thousand plays in two thousand twelve to around hopefully six thousand and they're they're different brackets hard medium easy. Yeah you can appeal to anybody with the super experience the security or whether a complete novus <hes> look at the practice with others of the ability types going up against prepackaged essentially couldn't student player's leverage their game experiences kind of a replacement for you know on the job bob experience when applying for cyber security position exactly yeah i mean there's a lot of people node jobs quite tough to get in specialized industries having experience already even the entry of ones and so what the n._c. L. does which is really interesting. Is they provide a scouting report for every player shows their strengths their weaknesses how did throw season <hes> and quite a few of them have polly so you're actually bringing this job interviews and getting crazy industry as a result well how many job openings are currently in the cyber security field. I imagine in their thousands of them in the u._s. There's about three hundred fifteen thousand but presence <hes> worldwide the nearly three million <hes> which is astronomical the problem being of course it's such a specialized industry can take up to ten years to train. Someone's be effective in this so you have a massive massive on ramp to what you're getting into a huge <hes> need people in the wall street journal pro cyber-security reporter james rendel. Thanks for joining us. Thank you and that's tech news briefing. I'm charlie turner in new york for the wall street journal.