NYC advances cybersecurity challenge finalists

With cities facing increasing cyber challenges — including high-profile attacks on cities including Baltimore, Atlanta and Naples, FL — cybersecurity has become both a booming industry and a necessity.

Last October, the New York City Economic Development corporation announced plans for a $100 million public-private program to foster the cybersecurity industry with the goal of creating 10,000 cybersecurity jobs. The investments included the creation of a Global Cyber Center co-working space in Chelsea and a Hub.NYC accelerator to develop new startups. A large focus is also on education, including a Cyber Boot Camp training program and the creation of a degree program at CUNY in partnership with Facebook.

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