Cyber Security Component

Youth Exploring Science

Michael Harris supervises the cyber security component. Cyber security focuses on many disciplines from computer hardware to coding to securing networks from vulnerabilities.

Whether our teens are new to computers or have a thorough understanding of them, cyber security has something for everyone. With the continual growth and use of the internet, the risk of falling victim to a hack is a constant threat and guarantees cyber security to become a major focus over the next few years. Teens in this component will learn best practices, preventative measures, and how to protect and restore networks. Teens from this component compete in CyberPatriot, a nationwide competition which creates the scenario of a newly hired IT professional working for a small company managing its network. They will experience hands-on training and the opportunity to win scholarships. The end goal is that, with an adequate amount of coaching, our teens will become a resource and educate their community on the best practices for staying safe online. The skills taught in cyber security are crucial in many workplaces and are highly sought after in most business and work environments. The knowledge acquired in cyber security will set our teens apart from their colleagues in college and in their careers.

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Interesting Facts

  • Unfilled cybersecurity jobs worldwide will reach 3.5 million by 2021
  • Approximately $6 trillion will be spent globally on cybersecurity by 2021
  • There is a hacker attack every 39 seconds
  • 95% of cyber security breaches are due to human error


  • Saigh Foundation

More about the Component

Cyber security teens learn how to build computers and break them down to gain a better understanding of how a computer functions. This is important because it helps teens with troubleshooting, a valuable skill a teen acquires in this component. Teens also learn multiple operating systems including Windows, MacOS, and the many flavors of Linux. Networking gives teens the opportunity to learn about the OSI model, routers, metrics, ports, and protocols. With all this knowledge, cyber security teens work at our Help Desk which focuses on user account management, leadership and communication.


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