Camp at Georgia Cyber Center introduces students to field

Camp at Georgia Cyber Center introduces students to field

Taloria Scott, 15, admits that before she went to the CyberPatriot Camp this week, the cyber field was a little murky to her, but the event has opened her eyes.

“I thought it would be more complicated but it’s not,” said the rising sophomore at Aiken Scholars Academy.

She was among 67 students at the camp at the Georgia Cyber Center this year, the largest ever, as both civilian and military leaders try to introduce and get students interested in the wide-ranging field.

These kinds of camps and joint efforts grew out of recent conferences where the need to train a future workforce is a concern for all, said Lt. Col. Rachael O’Connell, battalion commander for U.S. Army Cyber Training Battalion. That unit has been working with Mosaic Technologies Group, a major sponsor of the camp, and other military and civilian education efforts to identify what is needed.

“What we discovered is one, we don’t really know nationally where the gaps exist as far as what is it that we actually need at the basic level,” O’Connell said. “We say we need cybersecurity folks; we need IT specialists. But no one has ever come forward and said we actually are really short on these people who know how to do this specific skill.”

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