3/12/2006

Program Teaches Kids About Cyber Security

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 8:40 am

A group of students at Rome Catholic School are learning how to become the future defenders of cyberspace through a pilot program that officials say is the first of its kind in the country.

The program teaches students about data protection, computer network protocols and vulnerabilities, security, firewalls and forensics, data hiding, and infrastructure and wireless security.

Most importantly, officials said, teachers discuss ethical and legal considerations in cyber security.

“It’s a great course. It’s a littler harder than I expected,” said Catherine Gudaitis, a junior interested in theater. “But I know in the world I’m going to live in, this will be necessary information, even common knowledge.”

The pilot program was developed with help from computer experts at the U.S. Air Force’s Research Lab in Rome, who four years ago created a 10-week long Advanced Course in Engineering Cyber Security Boot Camp for the military’s Reserve Officers Training Corps, said Kamal Jabbour, the lab’s principal computer engineer.

Source: AP

 

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