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Cyber security curriculum now available for high school students

Sypris Electronics, a subsidiary of Sypris Solutions, recently announced a partnership with the Career Technical Education Foundation (CTEF) and The MITRE Corporation to develop and host a new cyber security curriculum for high school students across America.

The curriculum, which is focused on cyber attack defense and offense methodologies, is under evaluation by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium ((ISC)2) to ensure that it maps to the (ISC)2 SSCP common body of knowledge (CBK), a compendium of global information security topics.

Courses will be taught by MITRE and Sypris computer scientists in Sypris' Cyber Collaboration Center at the company's headquarters in Tampa, Fla. The Cyber Collaboration Center is used by Sypris' partners and customers for hands-on learning in a secure environment.

"There is no other cyber security curriculum available for secondary education anywhere in the country and we are the first to make it available," CTEF president Paul Wahnish said in a statement. "Students are excited to learn from cyber experts in this new, real-world cyber lab."

The aim is to provide students with a broad base of cyber security skills that can be used immediately, and that can also help them become cyber security professionals. Students who complete the program and pass a Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) exam will become Associates of (ISC)2 towards the SSCP certification.

A two-week pilot program is currently underway, with 20 students from high schools in nearby counties and from outside the state working in a real-world, network simulated environment to practice both attack and defense techniques. Students were selected for the pilot program based on their interests and their backgrounds in computer science.

"We are proud to have the opportunity to serve our community and stakeholders by providing this unique educational opportunity to future Cyber Warriors both locally and across the nation," Sypris Electronics president John Walsh said in a statement. "Sypris is dedicated to Information Assurance Excellence and our new Cyber Collaboration Center is paramount in meeting this mission."