High school students thinking about a college education and career in the cybersecurity field may want to begin preparing now.
There are numerous programs to help high schoolers learn about cybersecurity, gain experience for potential summer internships, and enhance college applications.
Hacker High School
Hacker Highschool provides a set of free hands-on, e-book lessons designed specifically for teens to learn cybersecurity and critical Internet skills. These are lessons that challenge teens to be as resourceful and creative as hackers with topics like safe Internet use, web privacy, online research techniques, network security, and even dealing with cyber-bullies. The full program contains teaching materials in multiple languages, physical books with additional lessons, and back-end support for high school teachers and home schooling parents.
The non-profit ISECOM researches and produces the Hacker Highschool Project as a series of lesson workbooks written and translated by the combined efforts of volunteers world wide. The result of this research are books based on how teens learn best and what they need to know to be better hackers, better students, and better people.
Cyber Security for Beginners Program
Heimdal Security, a cybersecurity software company based in Denmark, teaches how to secure your online world in just five weeks of free cyber security training. The lessons are provided every two days via email. The program teaches computer security basics including how to set up your security system and acquire a basic cyber security vocabulary – to real useful cybersecurity skills which discover how cyber attacks work, how to avoid virus infections and how you can counteract their malicious consequences.
The Heimdal program is a good way for teens to learn by doing. Cyber Security for Beginners is a good program for students or anyone looking to break into the cybersecurity industry.