Cyber Hero Kara Four Bear Thinks Big About Cyber Education in North Dakota

SynED series highlighting cyber heroes who quietly go above and beyond in helping to secure our nation and communities. NEW TOWN, N.D. — The reach of cybersecurity education is expanding across the U.S., thanks in part to the work of Kara Four Bear, principal at New Town Middle School in New Town, North Dakota. Four Bear was […]

Cyber Hero Steve Linthicum advances community colleges’ role in cybersecurity education

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Community colleges play a unique role in filling the thousands of open cybersecurity positions across California, and Steve Linthicum is at the forefront of helping students create the pathways that will lead to stable, well-paying jobs.    Linthicum is the Regional Director for Industry Engagement in Orange County for the Information […]

Cyber Hero Tara Taylor opens doors to cybersecurity education

CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Tara Taylor believes that cybersecurity education is for everyone, and embraces that philosophy every day in her teaching and coaching.   Taylor, a computer science teacher and cyber coach at Eastlake Middle School in Chula Vista, began her career as an English teacher and transitioned to teaching a basic computer skills class. She […]

Cyber Hero Mario Garcia keeps California safe, builds cybersecurity workforce

SACRAMENTO — In a state as large and complex as California, staying ahead of cybersecurity threats can be a challenge. However, it’s a challenge Mario Garcia is happy to accept.  Garcia is Acting Commander of the California Cybersecurity Integration Center (Cal-CSIC), which was established in 2015 as part of the CalOES, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.   Cal-CSIC […]

Cyber Hero Stan Stahl Brings Community to Cybersecurity

LOS ANGELES — No matter how sophisticated technology becomes, solving problems related to cybersecurity will require a human innovation and connection. These themes run throughout Stan Stahl’s work in the public and private sectors and fuel his passion for cybersecurity education.  Stahl is the founder and president of SecureTheVillage, a non-profit that turns people and organizations into CyberGuardians having […]

Cyber Hero Allen Stubblefield Teaches Students More Than Cybersecurity

Allen Stubblefield didn’t know it at the time, but cyber competitions helped fill an unmet need at Troy High School. As a magnet school for science and technology, he thought cybersecurity would be a good fit, but is as surprised as anyone that the school now hosted 60 teams this year and several CyberPatriot national championships.  Stubblefield holds […]

Cyber Hero Keith Clement Opens Cybersecurity Career Education Pipelines and Pathways for Students

The old saying “it takes a village” definitely applies to cybersecurity education. There are a lot of teachers, coaches, and institutions involved at every step of the educational pathway, which can lead to a lot of silos and unknowing duplication of effort.  At a time when the need for skilled cybersecurity professionals has never been […]

Cyber Hero Shawn Monsen Finds His Calling in Cybersecurity Education

Shawn Monsen never imagined that getting laid off from HP in 2007 would turn out to be one of the best things that happened in his career. He made a career change into teaching and found what he describes as his true calling. Over the past decade, Monsen has become an inspiring teacher and a […]

Cyber Hero Brent Wedge Brings Enthusiasm to the Central Valley

It’s impossible to miss the energy and passion that Brent Wedge brings to cybersecurity education. Over the past two years, he’s built a program from scratch and created a network of teachers and coaches who are ready to take the program to the next level.  Wedge is the coordinator of the cybersecurity program at Modesto […]

Cyber Hero Brandon Nguyen Makes a Mark at a Young Age

As cybersecurity education has grown in California, a new generation of cyber heroes is emerging from the pathways, competitions, and coaching that happens every day across the state. Brandon Nguyen is undoubtedly part of that group and has already had an impact on his school and his community. Nguyen recently graduated from Oxford Academy in […]

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