2021 is the first year of the US Cyber Games – part of a global competition that will recognize cyber athletes who can work in competitive environments to successfully operate in cyberspace.
On October 5, 2021, the first-ever US Cyber Team was announced at the US Cyber Games Draft Day in Las Vegas, Nevada.
On Draft Day, the 50 elite players from the US Cyber Combine Invitational comes down to the final 20 athletes who will be announced as members of the first U.S. Cyber Team. The Team will represent the United States at the inaugural global competition: The International Cyber Security Challenge (ICSC) held in Athens, Greece in June 2022.
Cyber expertise is in high demand as more organizations look to address cybersecurity issues, but there is currently a shortage of professionals to complete these jobs. A survey conducted by cybersecurity nonprofit (ISC)2 found that there were only enough cybersecurity employees to fill about 60 percent of the current demand
President Trump’s National Cyber Strategy includes the development of a “superior cyber workforce.” But given the difficulty in recruitment and retention of skilled cyber personnel, this goal may remain illusive. According to the Commerce and Homeland Security departments, there were around 299,000 openings for cybersecurity positions in August 2017, positions