Why Teach Cyber?

Cartoon by Wyomingite ShaeC Cooper

by Judi Emmel, Guest Blogger from Teach Cyber

Robust Cybersecurity is Critical

From finance to healthcare to agriculture to education, cybersecurity affects nearly every public and private industry sector across the globe. It seems there is a news story every day that shows a breach of cybersecurity that has created significant havoc – from holding medical records hostage to shutting down pipelines – cybersecurity threats pose huge risks to our personal, economic, and national security.

As these incidents continue to grow and become more complex, the demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals rises at a rapid pace. A quick internet search will supply almost endless statistics pointing to the severe shortage of qualified cyber experts. In fact, some of these estimates indicate the shortage is over 4 million people, and it grows every day. 

There is no question that the education and training of a cyber workforce has not kept pace with the growth taking place in cyber. We must change that. 

Teachers are key to closing the cyber skills gap

At Teach Cyber, we think it is critical to instill in our next generation the importance of being cyber savvy.  And, we believe teachers are the key to helping make this shift. 

Teach Cyber is a non-profit dedicated to developing, supporting, and stewarding excellent cybersecurity education at the secondary level.  Our mission is to provide resources, training, and support to secondary school educators teaching cybersecurity. 

The Teach Cyber curriculum, available at no cost to all, is designed by teachers for teachers and aimed at students grades 9 thru 12. On our web page, teachcyber.org, there is teaching material, lesson plans, and other information for educators who are interested and excited to teach high school cybersecurity or lead cyber clubs and contests. The Teach Cyber courseware is free to all – creative commons licensed – giving educators the rights to adopt, adapt, and disseminate the Teach Cyber course. And, the Teach Cyber curriculum is based on the nationally approved High School Cybersecurity Curriculum Guidelines (HSCCG).  

Along with diverse lesson plans and exercises for students, Teach Cyber also offers opportunities for teachers across the country to collaborate on cybersecurity materials, sharing best practices. There is also a state and local working group starting soon for administrators and cyber leads to come together from across the country and share their ideas. 

Working With Wyoming State & Local Educators and Cyber Leaders

We are honored and excited to be able to introduce Teach Cyber to teachers, administrators, cyber leaders, and potential partners in Wyoming.  We ask that you share our web site with whomever you think could benefit from our materials.  Access is available upon registration on teachcyber.org.  

It is our vision that together we can build a cybersecurity education ecosystem that reaches across the country and includes all. We welcome partners and sponsors. If you are interested in learning more about Teach Cyber and how you can help, please contact us at teachcyber.org!

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