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The U.S. National High School Cybersecurity Talent Discovery Program
(January 10, 2019)
The U.S. National High School Cybersecurity Talent Discovery Program launches on Monday (1/13). Students play a game (CyberStart) to learn whether they have the aptitude to excel in cybersecurity. It’s all online and no teacher expertise in cyber or computers is required. NSF support this year enables high school students in every state to participate. High school girls are eligible to start next week; if five girls do well in a school, they win access to the game for boys as well. Here’s how parents and teachers describe the impact of GirlsGoCyberStart:
"Girls Go CyberStart REALLY made a big impact on my daughter! The first year, she had zero experience in computer coding or cybersecurity. After participating, she decided to take AP Comp Sci A and now she won a summer internship at the NJ Cyber Security Office!"
“Before I recruited girls to be a part of this wonderful program, I struggled to get girls to realize they could be computer scientists. I had girls actually saying they were too stupid to do this until I said, 'Just try it.' Some of my girls found out they were good at puzzles, some found out they liked programming. I now have girls asking our counselor about computer science degrees at our local community college.”
Twenty-seven state governors personally announced GirlsGoCyberStart this year and encouraged students in their states to “just try it!” The Computer Science Teachers Association is a national cosponsor.
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WEBINAR: Learning Principles for Cybersecurity Practice
The NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework includes a few knowledge statements that are common for all work roles, including “Knowledge of cybersecurity and privacy principles.” What are the “cybersecurity principles” that all students and workers should learn? This webinar will begin a dialogue about reaching consensus for a common set of cybersecurity principles to be communicated, acquired, and practiced by learners of all ages – from children and youth to adults – and workers at every stage of their career from entry- to advanced-levels.
In this talk the Information Security Practice Principles (ISPPs), a product of the Indiana University Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (IU CACR), will be introduced. Researched and developed by an interdisciplinary team of technologists, researchers, and lawyers, the ISPPs are designed to help people communicate and think critically about cybersecurity, regardless of whether they have prior technical security experience. The speakers will discuss the research effort that “uncovered” the seven ISPPs, the core workings and applications of each, and how they are being used.
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