Today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce professionals. To meet the cybersecurity needs of tomorrow’s world we need to increase the number of US students engaged in the study of cybersecurity. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) all provide a solid foundation for future specialization in any of the 31 Cybersecurity Specialty Areas. We need to engage students in these subjects to remain globally competitive, secure our national critical infrastructure, and continue to drive technical innovation.
As an educator you play a critical role. Bringing cyber skills and knowledge into the classroom in engaging and unexpected ways can spark and foster a student’s excitement in cybersecurity. Below you will find information to help you, as an educator, learn more about the broad field of cybersecurity and the many interesting and exciting ways you can integrate it into your existing STEM curricula, or establish specialized cybersecurity focused programs.
Identifying tools and resources to encourage your student’s interest in cybersecurity can be a challenge. To aid educators NICCS is assembling a list of websites and organizations with curricula for teachers, click here.
One of the main goals of National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) is to help ensure cybersecurity can be integrated into already-developed STEM curricula. Learn about the efforts NICE has underway to meet this goal.
How do students channel their interest in cybersecurity after high school? The cybersecurity field is ever-changing and new degree programs are emerging on a regular basis so NICCS has begun to outline a range of degrees—from the Associate level through post-graduate education—that most commonly align to the various specialty areas. To check out those degree programs, click here.
There is a general lack of awareness- among students, and the public- of the vast number of careers that require knowledge of cybersecurity. If one of your students wants to know more about a career in cybersecurity, can you respond? Do you know what careers are available? Do you know how to enter the field? How to advance? The NICCS Cybersecurity Career Roadmaps provide the answers. Learn how to begin, and develop, a viable career in cybersecurity.
Promote learning and exploration outside the classroom. Help your students find local Cyber Camps and Cyber Competitions, or lean about DHS’s efforts’ to develop competitions and camps and participate, or help establish an event in your area.