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Hawaii’s Youth Summer Cybersecurity Programs

As summer is just around the corner, parents are scurrying to get their kids enrolled in meaningful yet affordable summer programs. As the importance of cybersecurity grows, one smart option is to sign them up for one of three weeklong cybersecurity programs being offered this summer to middle and high school students.

Why cybersecurity? The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, or more commonly referred to as (ISC)2 and known for offering the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification (which meets current DoDD 8140 requirements), recently released their survey results covering cybersecurity professionals in North America. Findings from this report highlighted the following for the cybersecurity career field:
– The averages cybersecurity professional’s salary is $124,000
– There is projected to be 265,000 (1.8M globally) more cybersecurity jobs than skilled workers in 2022
– 81% of cybersecurity professionals rate their job satisfaction as “very satisfied”

In summary, the cybersecurity profession offers HIGH PAY, HIGH DEMAND and HIGH SATISFACTION—that’s why!

For this summer, there are three cybersecurity programs being offered that will get our children involved and inspire them to consider pursuing a career in cybersecurity. These no-cost programs include CyberCamps, GenCyber, and Hacker Highschool.

CyberCamps
CyberCamps are summer camps designed to prepare students to compete in the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition that many of Hawaii’s middle and high schools already participate in during the school year. These camps, developed by the Air Force Association, teach the basics of cyber ethics, computer systems, Windows, Ubuntu Linux, and computer networking—topics that can get anyone a job today. There are 18 CyberCamps scheduled for this summer statewide. Last year, 106 teams from Hawaii competed in CyberPatriot and the Leilehua High School’s Army JROTC team placed within the top 25 teams national of the 5,500+ teams that competed. CyberCamps run 4 hours a day for 1 week for 20 hours total, include both Standard and Advanced camps, and run June 11 thru August 10. It’s recommended that students who sign up for the Advanced camp to have experience in CyberPatriot or other cybersecurity-centric programs. Camps are no-cost and sponsored by (ISC)2 Hawaii Chapter, Cyber Hui, and volunteers from Hawaii’s cybersecurity community.  For more information: https://www.isc2chapter-hi.org/cybercamps-2018

GenCyber
Hawaii’s GenCyber summer program provides camp experiences for both middle and high school students with the goals to increase interest in cybersecurity careers and build diversity in the cybersecurity workforce, assist students to understand correct and safe on-line behavior, and to be good digital citizens. These camps are one week long and run eight hours a day. For the first time this summer, GenCyber is being offered in two versions to include Beginner and Intermediate Camps. GenCyber camps are open to students statewide at no cost and are hosted by the University of Hawaii with funding provided jointly by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation. There are six GenCyber student camps scheduled for this summer.  For more information: https://gencyber-hi.org/

Hacker Highschool
Hacker Highschool is a cybersecurity course that provides textbook-based instruction targeting high school students who have previously demonstrated a high degree of understanding in the fields of cybersecurity. This course will be held at Mililani High School, is for the best and brightest students currently engaged in cybersecurity (e.g., CyberPatriot and GenCyber), and will include guest speakers from industry that will cover trending cybersecurity threats, forensics and other advanced topics. Students are asked to purchase and read the Security Analysis Essentials: Study Guide and Workbook – Volume 2 (Security Essentials Study Guides & Workbooks) text book before attending this course.  A second text book will be provided to the students at no cost. This course is no-cost and sponsored by (ISC)2 Hawaii Chapter, Cyber Hui, Mililani High School, and volunteers from Hawaii’s cybersecurity community.  For more information: https://www.isc2chapter-hi.org/hackerhighschool

These three cybersecurity programs provide an exceptional opportunity to introduce and inspire our youth in a career field that has such high demand and tremendous promise. With so much counting on having a strong cybersecurity posture today and in the future, students attending these programs may one day contribute greatly to the security posture of both the State of Hawaii and our nation.  More information about Hawaii’s cyber safety community can be found at:  http://ohs.hawaii.gov/cyber.

 

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