Kids are wired to learn. Internet security threats continue to rise. By the year 2020, there will be 1 million vacant Information Security positions. Combining kids’ natural curiosities to explore along with their relationship with mobile technology, the industry has an opportunity to fill the vacancies. This keynote explores STEM’s success but the importance to include ‘Hacking’ into the acronym as a means to introduce a wider audience of future potential security practitioners to address the workforce shortage. A combination of use cases, hacking success stories, and lessons learned, we discuss the benefits of introducing younger students to ethical hacking and information security.
We will future explore various programs which introduce basic skills through to advanced techniques used in the penetration testing field. Given the future of Internet security’s reliance upon a fresh crop of graduating students, the session will describe how breaking the mold of traditional education systems are already embracing STEHM without understanding how to define rubrics. Now is the time to make STEHM the new STEM.