Teaching the Next Generation of Cybersecurity Professionals

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Our nation continues to face a shortage of cybersecurity professionals but GenCyber camps, established in 2014, are intended to help address this deficit. GenCyber’s mission is to inspire a diverse generation of cyber stars. “In just a few short years, the GenCyber Program has provided the opportunity for a diverse mix of thousands of K-12 students and teachers across the country to learn about cybersecurity,” Tina Ladabouche, GenCyber Program Director, said. “GenCyber is playing a significant role in increasing awareness of cybersecurity and ultimately is helping build the pipeline of qualified cybersecurity professionals entering the field.”

GenCyber camps are co-funded by the NSA and the National Science Foundation and are held each summer across the nation in 43 states on college campuses, at no charge to students. One such camp was launched by Dr. Miriam Pabón-González, Dean of the Graduate School at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico who also serves as International Alliances Director of GenCyber. She founded the Ladies Can Code Camp through GenCyber to drive girls toward STEM careers. She sees the impact it can have on our country and on the lives of these young women and their families. “If you want results in the future, you need to start working on the building blocks now. Our children are the building blocks of our Nation’s Cybersecurity,” Dr. Pabón-González said.

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