WINNIPEG, Manitoba, May 5, 2016 – The need for effective data security has never been more urgent. According to the BakerHostetler 2017 Data Security Incident Response Report, ransomware attacks alone have increased by 500% over the previous year.

For that reason, educating today's youth in the field of IT practices and foundations is an essential step toward ensuring that tomorrow's data systems are secure. Since 2011, the Canadian Cyber Defence Challenge has hosted Manitoba high school teams in a competition designed to help students develop key IT and data security skills in a collaborative simulation environment.

The simulation presents students with scenarios that provide hands-on training in the areas of networks, servers, and security in addition to other valuable skills including customer service, communication, and professional ethics.

"Recognizing and supporting the importance of IT education and its role in data security, PCM Canada is proud to be a Silver Team sponsor of this year's event," said Jeffrey Koziuk, Sales Manager & Senior Location Executive at PCM Canada's Prairies branch. "I'm personally looking forward to seeing first-hand the talented youth of today take on IT security with new approaches and a fresh perspective."

Taking place on May 16, 2017, at the RBC Centre in Winnipeg, this year's event will run as part of the Western Canada Information Security Conference (WCISC). As a proud sponsor, PCM Canada representatives will be on hand to walk the floor of the competition event, and our logo will be prominently displayed on the CDC Program Guide, team shirts, team website as well as on signage, scoring screens, and posters.

Visit www.cyberdefencechallenge.ca for more information on the 2017 Cyber Defence Challenge.

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