Webster to Host Cyber Explorers Camp Oct. 21

Oct. 17, 2017

Webster Hosts Cyber Explorers Camp in Partnership with MasterCard
Cyber Explorers Workshop Saturday, Oct. 21

Webster University's Corporate Relations presents a Cyber Explorers Camp in partnership with MasterCard and the Walker School of Business and Technology at the home campus in Webster Groves on Saturday, Oct. 21. 

Math/Computer Science Department faculty member and Webster Cybersecurity program lead Paul Frazier will lead this dynamic event. The day will start with a welcome from President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble and the dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, Simone Cummings. 

The event was organized by Quen Agnew, director of Corporate Relations, and the Walker School's director of Recruitment & New Program Promotions, Denise Harrell. "Many students are not exposed to the areas of cybersecurity and computer science," said Agnew. "By teaming up with Mastercard for this event, Webster will provide a pathway to share this knowledge with young girls, potentially inspiring them to see future career opportunities within this field."

There will be 24 students from various St. Louis-area school districts attending this event: Brittany Woods Middle School, Carr Lane School, Ferguson/Florissant STEAM Academy, Hazelwood North Middle School, Jennings Junior High School, Marian Middle School and River Roads Lutheran School. 

Program Description

The Cyber Explorers Workshop at Webster University is designed to stimulate interest in cybersecurity specifically -- and computer science more generally. Currently, there are more opportunities for employment in cybersecurity than there are individuals trained to fill these positions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in this area is expected to grow at a rate of 18 percent per year, which is much faster than average.

Just as important, demand for cybersecurity professionals is expected to remain high for the next decade due to the increase in threats from hackers. 

More than 209,000 cybersecurity jobs went unfilled in 2016 and the demand is only expected to increase. Given the fact that the median salary in this field is approximately $90,000, cybersecurity employment represents a tremendous opportunity for women. Unfortunately, women are grossly underrepresented; only 11 percent of the world’s cybersecurity professionals are women. 

Activities

Guests will participate in a series of interactive training sessions focused on stimulating interest in cybersecurity and computer science. There will be an opportunity to learn about cybersecurity in a series of short sessions focused on the use of a variety of social media, including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter, as well as cyberbullying.

Guests will have an opportunity to build a Raspberry Pi, which is a mini-computer and the computer will be theirs to take home. They will gain knowledge regarding the basic architecture of a computer, learn the difference between hardware and software, and learn to do some basic programming.  

The Webster University Gorlok will also be on hand to welcome guests.

 

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