21 April 2006 | 5,474 views

Kids Learn About Cyber Security – About Time Too!

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I have always said no matter what it be, you need to start ‘em young!

Same for open source, don’t lock kid into Microsoft operating systems in the schools, give dual boot machines, let them use Ubuntu or Debian or something else. Let them explore free software, let the smart ones see the source, fix the bugs and get involved in development.

The same goes for security, educate them young, make them aware of the concerns young, then as they grow up, they will grow up understand the issues involved.

New York — A group of students at Rome Catholic School are learning how to become the future defenders of cyberspace through a pilot program that officials say is the first of its kind in the country.

The program teaches students about data protection, computer network protocols and vulnerabilities, security, firewalls and forensics, data hiding, and infrastructure and wireless security.

Most importantly, officials said, teachers discuss ethical and legal considerations in cyber security.

Perhaps it might also cut down on the amount of script kiddies in the world if they understand the ethics involved a little better.

Cybersecurity is massively important now, even that donkey George Bush appreciates it, especially with the war against terror and cyber terrorism becoming popular around the globe.

President Bush made cyber security a focal point in February 2003 in his National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, citing the importance of safeguarding America from crippling internet-based attacks by terrorists against U.S. power grids, airports and other targets.

I think it’s a good effort, more countries should take up compulsory cyber security education.

Wired.com



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5 Responses to “Kids Learn About Cyber Security – About Time Too!”

  1. Navaho Gunleg 21 April 2006 at 8:15 am Permalink

    Yeh I sometimes imagine what life would be like if we, as kids, would’ve had the opportunity to work with linux in stead of the TRS’s or the BBC machines in school. (It sure would be cheaper for the educational system as a whole as well, thinking of licenses and stuff.)

    But I slightly digress. This is indeed a good initiative. It should’ve started ages ago though, but better late than never. The kids can inform their parents when they see them doing something wrong or stupid and the world is a better place. Also, if they know the ‘basics’, they are more easy to pick up the new stuff, in contrast to the people that still see this Internet thing as something abstract and almost magic.

    Sure there’ll be a few odd ones out that could actually be enticed into the darker side of the realm of cyber-‘security’, but those guys have always existed. As long as the rest of the people are educated too, this kind-of evens the odds.

  2. John Preston 21 April 2006 at 12:25 pm Permalink

    I’m in England and I damn wish my high-school taught us about compsec. I’ve had to teach myself most of what I know through the Internet and my Dad, who’s an IT Consultant. SANS@Home and LearnKey are too expensive, anyone up for a ‘Free resources for under-18s’ petition? =)

  3. Darknet 24 April 2006 at 3:42 am Permalink

    Navaho: Yah it would make our generation so much more aware of the security issues involved with computing, rather than having to learn ourselves from basics as we went along. Linux would have been great, I’m glad to see some countries are investing in Linux in schools, it gives the kids so much more choice and opportunity for creative thinking and learning, not just “Do this, click that” mentality of Windows.

    John Preston: Yah I’m from UK too, we didn’t have any open source software at school or college, and nothing was taught about infosec. I’d sign the petition :D

  4. tekse7en 2 March 2008 at 7:02 am Permalink

    I’m in high school, and I wish my school taught us compsec… Our computer literacy class is just a semester long tutorial in Microsoft Office… it pisses me off. Then, event the gamers who claim to be computer nerds think they could just hack into the school and change their grades and retarded crap like that. 100% of kids I’ve ever talked to have no idea what linux is, or what an operating system is, and only a few kids know about firefox, but none of them understand why it is safer than IE. I taught myself everything I know, with no help from school or parents (who think that open source software must be dangerous because it’s free and you shouldn’t just download stuff from anywhere (my moms reaction to me asking why she didn’t use openoffice instead of buying MS office)). Sorry for the little rant.

    ps- the little math question never works the first time for me. I had to write this twice.

  5. Pantagruel 2 March 2008 at 7:18 am Permalink

    High schools seem to meet the employer requirements, they teach their kids MS products just because that’s the mainstream product and prpes them for the future. It would be a sane/good idea to also teach them about gpl and alikes, but I guess they rely on people picking that up at university etc.