Careers, Leadership

Why Now is the Time for K-12 Cybersecurity Education – Kevin Nolten – PSW #691

With the U.S. facing a shortage of roughly 314,000 cybersecurity professionals in the workforce, according to CSIS, there is an urgent need to build cybersecurity skills and fill the workforce pipeline with students who are prepared to pursue cybersecurity careers.

The aftermath of the SolarWinds breach has shown that there is a desperate need to expand K-12 cybersecurity education across the country.

Since its inception in 2007, over 21,500 teachers have enrolled in CYBER.ORG’s content platform and over 14,000 teachers have been trained to use CYBER.ORG content for cybersecurity education.

Kevin and the CYBER.ORG team are currently finalizing nationwide K-12 cybersecurity learning standards with the goal of having all 50 states adopt them. Expected in the fall, these standards will ensure that all students have equal access to standardized K-12 cybersecurity education.

Segment Resources:

https://cyber.org/standards https://cyber.org/about-us/our-impact

https://cyber.org/news/k-12-cybersecurity-learning-standards-review-session-completed

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200914005156/en/CYBER.ORG-Kicks-Off-National-K-12-Cybersecurity-Learning-Standards-Development

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Guest

Kevin Nolten
Kevin Nolten
Director of Academic Outreach at CYBER.ORG

As the Director of Academic Outreach at CYBER.ORG, Kevin directs the organization’s?programmatic outreach efforts and partnerships with the goal of ensuring that every K-12 student in the U.S. has access to cybersecurity education. In his role, he helps advance CYBER.ORG’s K-12 cyber education program with age-appropriate content that aligns with state standards for education in 27 states and counting. The impact of that work is measured in thousands of teachers and students with more content, resources and training that will fuel the cyber workforce pipeline for the future.

Kevin received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Administration from LSU Shreveport. Kevin also received his MBA from LSU Shreveport.

Hosts

Matt Alderman
Matt Alderman
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Jeff Man
Jeff Man
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Larry Pesce
Larry Pesce
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Lee Neely
Lee Neely
Information Assurance APL at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Tyler Robinson
Tyler Robinson
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