H.S. Cyber Security Program Aims To Recruit Girls, Minorities With Fun, Ethical Hacking Skills

<b class="credit">Courtesy of Michael Miklich</b>Founder and president Michael Miklich speaking to his iForCE class.
Courtesy of Michael MiklichFounder and president Michael Miklich speaking to his iForCE class.

The United States has a historic problem of getting children, particularly girls and minorities, interested in science and math, resulting in what has become a skilled labor shortage across science, technology, engineering and math (or STEM) fields.

A recent Cisco report found that the cyber security industry, for example, is missing nearly a million information technology and security professionals worldwide. Considering that workers in the field take home an average salary of $116,000, and entry-level positions pay $30 to $40 an hour, it's a wonder that more people aren't clamoring for these jobs. Some wonder if the "summer of Snowden" is keeping them at bay.

A fledgling cyber security program that sprouted out of a Woodbridge, Va. high school hopes to take advantage of this great demand by molding students into the skilled and certified IT professionals by the time they graduate.

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