Pace University Leads Cybersecurity Education

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With the advent of social media and advances in financial technology, cybersecurity emerged as a key pressing issue for most on the Internet. The need to keep information private and out of the hands of other users is paramount whether it be social media or bank accounts. As a growing number of websites suffer from large scale security breaches, cybersecurity becomes that much more essential. Because of this, cybersecurity courses are now beginning to enter the classroom.

I’m proud to say that my alma mater, Pace University, is leading the way in this training.

Recently, Pace’s Pleasantville campus hosted 25 high school teachers from across the country to learn the importance of cybersecurity at the first ever GenCyber Summer Workshop. At the workshop, teachers were given the fundamentals of cybersecurity and how to reach students with the information. They learned through lectures from experts and hands-on activities. From there, the hope is that each teacher will plant the seed of wisdom in their students during the upcoming school year and beyond.

Pleasantville High School teacher Virginia Nalbandian took part in the workshop. She told Westchester Magazine, “I certainly have a better understanding of how important it is to our nation’s security to have trained and qualified people in this field. It is our role as educators to enlighten our students and keep ourselves current,” she said. “The workshop has inspired me as a teacher to return to my classroom and inspire my students. And this is what education should ultimately be about.”

While each person’s cyber protection is the prime goal, other significant gains could come from the workshop.

With a severe worker shortage projected in the coming years, the industry will soon be in dire need of talented, trained professionals. The sector shows no signs of slowing down as innovation is constantly replacing prior systems and methods. Consequently, the demand to keep up and the need for a deeper workforce means employees should expect hefty salaries.

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