Cybersecurity Conference for High School Students Comes to Huntsville

Tuesday January 28, 2014

First Security BSides Huntsville Set for February

As information security risks grow, so does the demand for cybersecurity professionals. To encourage local students to explore cybersecurity career opportunities, Security BSides Huntsville has been planned as the first security conference specifically for high school students in the state of Alabama. The event, which is also open to adults, will be Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Calhoun Community College in Huntsville. Dynetics is a founding sponsor.

Security BSides events are community-driven opportunities for interested individuals to both present and participate in an intimate atmosphere that encourages collaboration. These events are held all over the world. BSides Huntsville is the first BSides event targeted to students. 

Dr. Casey Wardynski, Huntsville City Schools superintendent and a proponent of cybersecurity education, will be the keynote speaker at the event. Other speakers will include Dr. Ray Vaughn, vice president for research at the University of Alabama in Huntsville; Paul Coggin, internetwork consulting solutions architect at Dynetics; Timothy Mullican, a teen cybersecurity expert; and Adrian Crenshaw, founder of and co-founder of DerbyCon information security conference.

Conference attendees will learn about cool tools, hacking ethics and security-related internships, jobs and startups. EC Council CSCU (Certified Secure Computer User) certification training will be included.

Jonathan Whitcomb, Dynetics vice president, Enterprise Solutions, said, "Dynetics is pleased to be part of BSides, a cybersecurity event that specifically targets students exploring cybersecurity career opportunities. Along with the Rocket City TakeDownCon, scheduled for August 2014, BSides represents an excellent venue for sharing and learning about more technical cybersecurity-related topics."

The cost to attend the conference is $10. Continental breakfast, lunch and snacks are free.

For more information about Security BSides Huntsville, visit the website.

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