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Maryland High School Students Learn About Jobs and Online Safety

Go to college, get good grades and get a job. That’s easier said than done in a down economy with a 7.3% unemployment rate. The bright side for today’s college students is that more universities and community colleges are developing programs to meet the increasing demand for trained cyber security or information assurance professionals. The unemployment rate for this cadre of sought after workers hovers around 0% at any given time.

Encouraging more students to pursue paths in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and to consider a future in the cyber security profession depends heavily on collaboration among government, industry, educators and policy makers.  Lockheed Martin has been committed to working with these groups to develop programs and events that educate and inspire our future workforce.

“We are extremely focused on and committed to supporting STEM initiatives, from managing and coordinating the engagement of cyber security professionals and students, to aligning our strategic partnerships with our company’s ongoing technical and workforce needs,” said Dawn Beyer, Lockheed Martin Cyber Security Fellow.

This sentiment was demonstrated today, through a partnership with the Tech Council of Maryland and the National Cyber Security Alliance who came together to host the Fourth Annual Cyber Security Awareness Day. 

The event, held at the Lockheed Martin NexGen Cyber Innovation & Technology Center in Gaithersburg, Md, brought together the Department of Homeland Security, the National Institute for Standards and Technology, state and local government officials, local colleges and universities, and more than 200 top performing STEM high school students to raise cyber security awareness and to promote education and careers in the field. 

“I look at these students as future decision makers and the future of security in our country. They will be solving our nation’s technology challenges,” said Maryland Sen. Nancy King.

Throughout the day, students had the opportunity to learn safe online practices through a series of interactive workshops, and discussed career and cyber educational opportunities with representatives from the University of Maryland College Park, Bowie State University, Prince George’s Community College, Capitol College, Lockheed Martin CyberWatch, Montgomery Community College, and Hagerstown University.

“The day was especially inspiring because it was the type of experience that can shape the future professional choices of students,” said David Long, Computer Repair, Networking and Cyber Security Teacher, Washington County Technical High School. “Events like these make a difference to me and my students”.

Today, the interest in STEM-related majors and careers among students has steadily increased over the past couple of years.  The cyber security field has also found itself in a unique position, becoming one of the fastest growing fields in technology.  The demand for cyber security professionals is estimated to grow to 2.5 million new workers by 2015.   These jobs will continue to play a vital role in our national security and economic strength. And for students, it can hold the promise of a job waiting for them when they graduate from a university or community college accredited by CyberWatch as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

This October marks the 10th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and our efforts this month are reinforcing our leadership position in cyber security by demonstrating public/private partnership in the community.  Continuing our  to invest in STEM activities to ensure the cyber security pipeline has a steady flow of willing and able professionals. 

For more information about Lockheed Martin’s focus on STEM education, visit http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/who-we-are/community/education.html.

Also, for more information on how you can get involved in the Stop.Think.Connect. visit, http://stopthinkconnect.org/.

Posted October 11, 2013

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  • Today, the interest in STEM-related majors and careers among students has steadily increased over the past couple of years. 
  • The cyber security field has also found itself in a unique position, becoming one of the fastest growing fields in technology. 
  • Lockheed Martin is extremely focused on and committed to supporting STEM initiatives.
  • This sentiment is demonstrated, through a partnership with the Tech Council of Maryland and the National Cyber Security Alliance who came together to host the Fourth Annual Cyber Security Awareness Day.