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 see how cybersecurity
Local museums are a great starting point. For example, a new 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. Know of others? Let us know at nccaw [at] nist.gov
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.
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Contact local businesses directly or can be Economic and Workforce Development Boards or research local museums in your area.
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