Cybersecurity touches many areas of interest. The work of a cybersecurity professional is more than the stereotypical picture most people have of a computer science major or a hacker. Cybersecurity has something for everyone! Whatever your interests and skills, there’s an exciting job for you.
There is a high demand for skilled cybersecurity workers. Cybersecurity practitioners are part of a dynamic industry with practically unlimited growth. Most people, young and old, do not understand what a person in the cybersecurity field does or the many possible pathways to get into the growing dynamic area. When you think of a cybersecurity job what do you think of? How does a cybersecurity professional make a difference in the world? What’s the coolest cybersecurity job you can think of?
There are many places where you can see state-of-the-art technology; all of which are touched by cybersecurity. Whether it’s a local museum or business security operations center (SOC), data center or research lab, all are great options to learn how cybersecurity impacts society.
Local museums are a great starting point.
For example, an exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History showcases the possible future of cybersecurity. Mayhem, a cybersecurity bot that uses artificial intelligence to detect and defend against attacks, is on display on the Washington museum's innovation wing. You can step into the role of a cyber sleuth in the Cyber Detectives exhibit at the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation, or visit the Technology Group at the California Academy of Sciences to learn more about the cybersecurity pros and cons for household robots. You could also experience immersive technologies at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, play along with the Power Up Game App to learn more about hacker attacks on the power grid at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore, learn more about secure coding and programming through Columbus, Ohio’s Center of Science and Industry (COSI), build your own wearable scarf or circuit band at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, while also considering the precautions needed with these tracking wearables, or engage in cybersecurity exercises with Raspberry Pi and Spark Fun Digital Sandbox kits at the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology.
Specialty museums such as the International Spy Museum and National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, DC, National Cryptologic Museum in Annapolis Junction MD, the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, National Electronics Museum in Linthicum, MD, Intel Museum in Santa Clara, CA, U.S. Army Signal Corps Museum in Fort Gordon, GA, or Military Intelligence Museum in Sierra Vista, AZ, are just a few options to explore.
Not able to travel? Here are a few examples of virtual tours.
The NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art provides a virtual tour of Bletchley Park and Switzerland’s Computing Grid Data Center. The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force includes a virtual exhibit titled Cyber Operations or you can learn how cybersecurity and the energy sector connect by taking an Xcel Energy virtual tour of a Power Plant or a virtual Wind Farm. Those who may not be able to make a physical trip to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Living Computer Museum in Seattle are in for a treat — you can take a 3D virtual tour of the facility instead. You can also visit Microsoft’s Virtual Recruiting Building 111 in Redmond, WA.
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Tours with local businesses can be arranged through your state or local Technology Council, Chamber of Commerce, or Economic and Workforce Development Boards.
Colleges and universities may have interesting facilities to tour. Some offer degrees in cybersecurity while others might have certificate or specialization tracks aligned to degree programs in engineering, computer science, criminal justice, public policy, and business. Depending on the location, the name might vary. Cybersecurity, Information Systems, Information Assurance, Computer Security, Network Security are just some of the names used by institutions of higher education. Faculty and students can introduce you to cybersecurity and careers in cybersecurity. Some colleges have intercollegiate clubs to include: Cyber Defense Competition Clubs, Drone and Robotics clubs, Cryptography clubs, and Cybersecurity Policy clubs, all of which might be willing to share their enthusiasm and expertise.
In addition to the resources listed above, higher education faculty and students, as well as, those industry representatives and practitioners might consider exploring local meetups, conferences, hacker spaces, and associations.
Before the Event
Contact local businesses directly, reach out to your state or local Economic and Workforce Development Boards, or research local museums in your area. Inquire about answers to the following questions:.
Once you have determined the location and date of the event, communicate the event details to as wide an audience as possible. Use websites, email, flyers, and social media. Ask local teachers to inform their students about the event.
Arrange for some adults or college students to serve as chaperones. Scout leaders, coaches, parents, and high school or collegiate students with a background or interest in cybersecurity are good candidates to invite.
Watch for news stories involving cybersecurity topics, such as breaches, scams, or career fairs which can help add context to the tour.
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After the Event