Tales of massive data breaches at well-known companies like Bank of AmericaAmerican Family Insurance and T-Mobile dominate the national news. The Internet Crime Report compiled annually by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation warns of alarming growth in cybercrime, with official complaints increasing by more than 300% each year and reported financial losses set to exceed $10 billion annually.

Meanwhile, there are an estimated 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs worldwide, around 750,000 of which are in the U.S.

Dangerous hackers are stealing our data and our dollars.

Yan Shoshitaishvili, an associate professor of computer science and engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, has come to stop them.

Shoshitaishvili plans to fill the jobs pipeline with a well-qualified, dedicated cybersecurity workforce that can beat the hackers at their game because these pros have learned to play that game and win.

With his innovative project, pwn.college — a unique distinct combination of an educational curriculum, a competitive practice environment and a set of communication tools to help students learn collaboratively — Shoshitaishvili, a faculty member in the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence, part of the Fulton Schools, has developed an effective system to train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

And the world is taking notice.

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