TAMPA, FL--July 24, 2017-- The Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2) and the University of South Florida (USF) College of Education hosted their second annual CyberCamp last week on the campus of USF. The weeklong camp was offered free to Tampa-area high school students who are interesting in exploring cybersecurity as a career option.
Twenty-four students from grades 9 through 12 participated in the camp, getting a hands-on look at what a career in cybersecurity has to offer. Activities included learning basic Linux, coding with Python, and studying cryptography and code breaking. The week culminated in a team-based Recon Challenge--an online scavenger hunt using clues and online searches to track down an individual of interest.
Dr. Nathan Fisk, assistant professor of instructional technology at USF and community outreach liaison at FC2, led the camp, which was also supported in part by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA). "The goal of the camp is to expose students to the field of cybersecurity and to show them what the field can offer them in terms of experience, employability, and opportunity," remarked Dr. Fisk.
The cybersecurity industry is currently facing a critical shortage of skilled employees. A recent report by Cybersecurity Ventures projects that the current talent shortfall of 1 million will increase to 1.5 million by 2019, keeping the cybersecurity unemployment rate at zero percent. Additionally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an average median wage of $92,600 for an information security analyst, making cybersecurity an attractive career path for prospective college students.