Teachers go to cybersecurity boot camp

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Twenty high school teachers from around Virginia are receiving hands-on instruction in cutting-edge cybersecurity education tools and methods, July 27-31 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg.

This boot camp is being conducted by the JMU Department of Computer Science with support from the Palo Alto Networks Academy program, which works with colleges and universities around the world to further the development of a cybersecurity curriculum for higher education. The sessions will cover subjects such as cryptography, vulnerability scanning, web and database hacking, intrusions detection systems and malware defense. The focus of the boot camp is to give the teachers the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of cyber defense and provide them with a complete set of course material to take to their home institutions.

“Cybersecurity is a key component of the new Virginia economy,” said Gov. Terry McAuliffe. “In order to build the Commonwealth’s leadership in cybersecurity, we must be able to provide a cyber-capable workforce.   This cybersecurity boot camp is a prime example of the types of training opportunities we need to provide to our teachers so they can expand their knowledge base and encourage students to consider cybersecurity as a career option. Creating a connection between Virginia’s higher education and public education institutions will also help in this development.”

After the boot camp, teachers will be encouraged to explore the information technology field further and give these resources to their students. JMU will also provide resources to interested teachers and students.

Source: Virginia Governor’s press release 

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Delores Jackson

Delores Jackson was Director of Corporate Learning for Oklahoma City Community College for eight years, consulting with business leaders to determine the training and develop needs of their employees, designing the programs, and managing a staff of professional trainers. ...