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Teens and Cybersecurity

The high school students of today are the cybersecurity professionals of tomorrow. Programs like CyberPatriot and Hacker Highschool help in the introduction and training of cybersecurity.

The CyberPatriot competition consists of a Windows 10, Ubuntu, Windows Server 16, and Cisco Packet Tracer. The competition focuses on setting up a company network, this is already giving students some career training. CyberPatriot gives teens a way to learn about cybersecurity in a fun environment. One of the biggest benefits of CyberPatriot is the introduction to computer systems and hardware. I competed in CyberPatriot season XI in 2018 and am competing in CyberPatriot season XII 2019. When I competed in CyberPatriot XI I learned about how to set up user accounts and manage them, how to set up audits, and how to navigate cisco packet tracer. While preparing to compete in CyberPatriot this year I met an Air Force technology expert who does networking for the Air Force. My CyberPatriot coach is a security specialist with the Air Force.

Hacker Highschool teaches students how to be an ethical hacker. Students learn about computers and hacking tools through countless hours of fun hands-on training. Students learn about password cracking, laws about hacking, and how to secure a network. As well as great teachers, students video call with technology experts and people in the technology industry. I attended Hacker Highschool 2.0 this year at Mililani High School. I enjoyed learning how to set up DHCP pools. I also learned how to secure a router, a switch, and a server. I enjoyed spending time on something that I love like computers. I enjoyed Hacker Highschool 2.0 because of the learning atmosphere and the information that was being taught.

Many are aware of youth’s knack for technology but don’t realize the implications for this ability. Students are able to help with cybersecurity in the school by looking for vulnerabilities to working with the “tech guys”. If all students were required to take a basic computer security course, they would be exposed to security online, but also have hands-on experience in a potential work field. Something as simple as looking for unprotected ethernet ports can help stop a school network from being infected and leaking information. Simple things such as a 2-3 hour training can prevent a breach.

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