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.