SecureSet Academy in the News: Cybersecurity Summer Camp

July 16, 2018

The cybersecurity industry’s talent gap continues to grow at an exponential rate. To assist in the efforts to engage the next generation of industry professionals, SecureSet Academy’s Tampa campus hosted USF’s cybersecurity summer camp for teens. Florida Center for Cybersecurity and the Florida Center for Instructional Technology were also hosts of the cyber camp. 

The goal of the camp was to teach high-schoolers security basics and inspire them to look at a cybersecurity career as an exciting, near-future possibility. The teens participated in hands-on hacking exercises, lessons in data privacy, Q&A’s with current cybersecurity professionals and more.

Camp facilitator and USF Assistant Professor, Dr. Nathan Fisk spoke with ABC News about the importance of camps like these for the wellbeing of the cybersecurity workforce:

“The demand for cybersecurity professionals is absolutely booming,”

Dr. Fisk also spoke of the 300,000 open cybersecurity jobs in the United States and industry predictions of that number reaching two million in the next few years. Statistics aside, Fisk had one goal for the camp: “There’s only one rule, and that’s that they should leave this camp thinking cybersecurity is cool.”

This story was originally reported by abc action news. It is also featured by the Tampa Bay Times and USF.