Cyber Security Boot Camp Shows Teachers Ways to Defend

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

HARRISONBURG-- This week, 20 teachers from around the country are on JMU's campus for a cyber security boot camp. The goal is to teach them how to guard against computer hackers.

The boot camp is in its first year, and is funded by a grant from the Dept. of Defense.

The organizers said the public continues to move forward in a digital age, meaning protecting information online and on computers is increasingly valuable.

Professors from JMU are leading the boot camp. They hope the teachers will take what they've learned and share that with their students. The goal is that the students will want to pursue careers in cyber security, a growing field.

"Teaching the teachers is the best way to go because then these teachers take what they learn from here to their schools, and they teach their students for many, many years to come. That's sort of a grass-root effort," said Dr. Hossain Heydari, a professor and organizer of the boot camp.

Dr. Heydari said he wants to bring back the boot camp for next year. With recent budget cuts in the federal government, he's not sure where the funding will come from yet, but said he is looking into other means.

The boot camp lasts until Friday.

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