In an effort to foster interest in cybersecurity among youth, Delaware is giving its students an opportunity to simulate a day in the life of experts in the field.
The initiative is part of LifeJourney’s NSA Day of Cyber, a program that has garnered attention from students and cyber leaders in other states as well. Delaware Gov. John Carney announced the initiative Wednesday at an annual state cybersecurity workshop alongside state IT and education officials, as well as representatives from the National Security Agency, which sponsors the program.
“The importance of cybersecurity cannot be overstated, and Delaware’s innovation economy needs a talented pipeline of cybersecurity professionals,” said Carney, a Democrat.
Delaware’s participation in the NSA Day of Cyber is just the latest expression of Carney’s commitment to training students in cybersecurity and tapping into the fast-growing field. In July, he launched a $650,000 education initiative that includes scholarships for high school and college students.
NSA Day of Cyber is free to all Delaware students and aims to give them a sense of what it’s like to work in cybersecurity through a game-like experience that follows experts working in the NSA. LifeJourney, a career exploration platform for students, facilitates the experience.
“Users will participate in challenging real-life cyber scenarios, discover the skills and tools used by the NSA cyber professionals and explore the vast number of careers in cybersecurity,” the program’s website says. Virginia is among the other states to organize a Day of Cyber.
Susan Bunting, Delaware’s education secretary, stressed the importance of getting students interested in the growing field.
“Organizations are having difficulty hiring cyber talent, and many positions are going unfilled,” Bunting said. “The ‘Day of Cyber’ Challenge provides an exciting platform for Delaware students to start thinking early about cyber security and related fields so we can better prepare them to have the foundation they need to compete in an increasingly globalized workforce.”