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Pace University becomes cyber central

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A few of the workshop participants, from left: Steven Ma, Patriot High School, Nokesville, Virginia; Ron Conwell, Clarkston High School, Clarkston, Michigan; Karen Cavaness, Crockett County High School, Alamo, Tennessee; Douglas Vermes, Scarsdale High School.

Teachers from 14 states came to Pace University in Pleasantville to learn the latest in detecting cybersecurity threats. 

The July 13-21 workshop was conducted by Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. It was part of the GenCyber program, funded by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation, which is designed to help recruit more young people to enter the field of cybersecurity.

The 23 teachers who participated learned about how to counter cyberthreats. They will bring what they learned back to their respective schools and students in an effort to train students for future careers in cybersecurity. 

Teachers learned to use Raspberry Pi, a hand-held computing device used to teach security concepts, such as encryption. They also participated in a treasure hunt designed to create awareness of fundamental cybersecurity principles through puzzles and other challenges, according to Andreea Cotoranu, assistant dean for academic innovation in the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. Cotoranu was this year’s GenCyber director.

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