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Students from across Maryland will converge on Prince George’s Community College in Largo on Nov. 29 to compete in a cybersecurity competition.

The first Maryland Digital Forensics Investigation Challenge will pit teams of up to four students from state high schools, community colleges and four-year institutions against each other as they investigate mock cyber crimes. The winner will be taken on a tour of the Pentagon and will get to meet leaders in the cybersecurity field at the U.S. Department of Defense.

The event will also feature lectures by leaders in cybersecurity. Michael Burt, professor of information and engineering technology and the CyberWatch program coordinator at Prince George’s Community College, said in a statement that the event serves to get more students interested in the quickly growing career field of cybersecurity and investigation of cyber crime.

“The goal of the challenge is to engage the digital forensics community as they cultivate new cyber professionals and pioneer new investigative tools, techniques and methodologies,” Burt said in the statement. “This event will connect senior cyber professionals and Maryland students interested in digital forensics and cyber investigation.”

For more information or to register for the challenge or lectures, go to www.MDDFI.org.