With the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence, the National Security Agency, Savannah River National Laboratory, and the U.S. Army Cyber Command located in the CSRA, opportunity abounds for area students.
Augusta University is hoping to become the destination for cybersecurity in the United States with a focus on growing talent from the ground up here in Augusta. Civic leaders surely want to demonstrate local support for the millions of dollars of federal money now flowing into the CSRA. What better way than to offer our children up as operators for the cyber military complex now headquartered in the Garden City?
“We’ve helped develop the Cyber Pathway in our high schools, so a 9th grade student can take introduction to IT, they can take introduction to cyber security in 10th grade then Cyber Security in the 11th grade,” according to Tom Clark, Executive Director at Csra Alliance For Fort Gordon.
“This effort is designed to push students from 6th to 12th grade so that we’re growing them to fill both our local needs and national needs. ‘They per se would not have to work here but we sure hope they do. But they could, with these talents, not only fill jobs here but all over the world,” Clark told the Metro Spirit.
From June 10th to June 14th, fifty area kids have been selected to attend the CyberPatriot CyberCamp on the first floor of Building One at the Georgia Cyber Center on Reynolds Street.
It is touted as fun, hands-on learning of cyber security principles that are relevant and applicable to everyday life as well as prepare students for a career in cyber security.
The Camp was open to students currently living in the CSRA. This helps the regions’ need to grow Cyber professionals because at the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.
The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services.
Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.
CyberPatriot CyberCamps emphasize fun, hands-on learning of cyber security principles that are relevant and applicable to everyday life as well as prepare students for a career in cyber security. CyberPatriot CyberCamp is open to any student entering 6th – 12th grade in the fall.