Cybersecurity as a motivation for drawing high schoolers into CS
We’ve talked about the UK and the US worrying about having enough cyberwarriors to deal with future cybersecurity issues. CMU is helping to build a game to entice high school students into computing, with cybersecurity as the focus.
Carnegie Mellon University and one of the government’s top spy agencies want to interest high school students in a game of computer hacking.
Their goal with “Toaster Wars” is to cultivate the nation’s next generation of cyber warriors in offensive and defensive strategies. The free, online “high school hacking competition” is scheduled to run from April 26 to May 6, and any U.S. student or team in grades six through 12 can apply and participate.
David Brumley, professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon, said the game is designed to be fun and challenging, but he hopes participants come to see computer security as an excellent career choice.