LSC Introduces High School Student to Cybersecurity Careers

LSC Introduces High School Student to Cybersecurity Careers Photo: WDIO-TV

Brandon Weathers
Created: February 28, 2020 12:17 PM

Cybersecurity is a high paying career field in high demand. The Lake Superior College Computer Information Systems Department and the U.S. Department of Defense are working together to introduce youth to cybersecurity opportunities.

A group of 6th to 12th grade students participating in Cyber Day learned about the abundance of cybersecurity threats that exist in this day and age, and even got to do some hacking themselves.

They cracked passwords and re-routed simulated traffic lights. The program aims to ignite interest in the next generation fighting the cyber line of defense.

LSC Center for Cybersecurity director Vickie McLain said she thinks some of the students in Friday's workshop are future cybersecurity professionals.

"One of them is a brother of one of our cybersecurity specialists now so he seems like he's really interested," McLain said, "And one of our student workers who is working at the camp was a former GenCyber student who started in high school coming here for two years before he enrolled, so I think we have some. We need a lot more though.”

LSC will offer two more workshops through the school year any student grades 3 through 12 can register for. The next will be Cyber Girls on March 20th which will encourage girls to learn about opportunities in the cybersecurity field.

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