Cybersecurity education for college girls

MADISON, SD (KELO) — In today’s technological world, threats to the cybersecurity of a person or business are common. That’s why Dakota State University wants to teach middle schoolers how to stay safe on the internet. DSU also wants to encourage young girls to consider a career in the industry.

125 middle school girls from across the country are at Dakota State University this week to get valuable education about the cyberworld.

“One of my favorite classes was probably the phishing class when we learned how to pretend someone was giving us information,” said camper Rylee Anderson.

“Python coding and just like working with computers and stuff is really fun to do,” said camper Ember Rustand.

The 7th Annual GenCyber ​​Girls in CybHER Security Camp opened with a keynote address from Bridget Bean, Deputy Director at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. In that speech, Bean pointed out that only 24% of cybersecurity workers in the country are women.

“What you do together here this week matters to you today, but it matters to our nation,” Bean said.

“It was inspiring because even if only one of us out of everyone here got into cyber when they were older, I mean it would still affect them and it might inspire more people later to join next,” said camper Libby Liston. .

While some of these girls may not become cyber experts as adults, what they learn this week will still be important for years to come.

“Just being able to understand technology gives you a better chance of making decisions about what you do in your daily life,” said DSU professor Austin O’Brien.

“Given that the world is definitely moving more towards internet based and just like more computers, I think it’s really important that we educate ourselves,” camp Malory Kemp said.

Throughout the week, the girls at CybHER camp will learn things like cybercrime, programming, and cryptography.

Sam D. Gomez