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CSU training next generation of cyberpatriots

By Jan Joslin | June 22, 2020

The New York Times recently cited Cybersecurity Ventures’ prediction that more than three million cybersecurity jobs will go unfilled globally in 2021.

Young women at the Charleston Southern Cybersecurity camp
A group of young women, ages 12-15, participated in a recent cybersecurity summer camp at CSU. Photo provided

Dr. Valerie Sessions, affiliate professor of computer science at Charleston Southern University, said, “CSU has degrees in cybersecurity and computer science. Women are underrepresented in this field, and we are working to increase participation by middle and high school girls.” 

CSU recently partnered with employees from the Medical University of South Carolina and Dixon Hughes Goodman to offer an all-female cyberpatriot camp using the Air Force Academy’s Cyberpatriot curriculum. The Palmetto Roost Chapter of the Association of Old Crows (AOC) sponsored the tuition and supplies for the week. The AOC is a nonprofit international professional association engaged in the science and practice of electronic warfare and information operations.

Camper Angelina, rising 8th grader, said, “I loved it! I learned a lot about cybersecurity, and I learned more about my parents’ jobs. I also loved taking electronics apart and seeing how they worked!” 

Rich Nelson, president of the Palmetto Roost Chapter of the AOC, is interested in developing new professionals and believes that it is key to the country’s technological edge. “The Palmetto Roost and the AOC are focused on developing, promoting and delivering electronic warfare and cyber warfare tools and professionals who are dedicated to furthering the profession and helping to protect our country and our freedom.”

The young women, ages 12-15, learned about overall cybersecurity safety measures and careers and had hands-on instruction securing Windows 10 and Ubuntu operating systems and were able to compete in a mini-cyberpatriot competition.

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