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Third Annual Youth Cybersecurity Workshop and Expo

Thursday, April 4, 2024 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free

We’re excited to host the third annual Youth Cybersecurity Workshop and Expo!

This year’s participation is expanded to include elementary school students who will showcase their skills in the CyberThreat Protector cybersecurity card game. They will also learn more about responsible internet use and cyber hygiene from cybersecurity professionals.

Middle school students will connect with cybersecurity professionals through workshops and the CyberThreat Defender card game.

We live in a world of networked technologies. As our networked world expands, the need to secure our world increases. To protect our world, we need groups of digital defenders to secure our information. The Youth CyberSecurity Workshop and Expo connects teachers, parents and students with leaders in cybersecurity and education programs. The cybersecurity program provides immersive games, introductions to educational programs and face-to-face interaction with cybersecurity professionals to discuss future careers in cybersecurity.

High school and middle school students and teachers who are interested in forming CyberPatriot teams will connect with leaders in cybersecurity and education programs. CyberPatriot participants for the 2023-24 competition season will be recognized by San Angelo Mayor Brenda Gunter, ASU President Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr. and Col. Chris Corbett, Goodfellow AFB deputy commander, during the awards ceremony portion of the day.

Participation in this program will open the doors of opportunity to students that want to pursue a career in cybersecurity.

Workshops 

  • CyberThreat Protector: Essential cybersecurity information and defense strategies for elementary students
  • CyberThreat Defender: Essential cybersecurity information and defense strategies for middle school students
  • Virtual Escape Room
  • Crack the Password Challenge
  • Education and Career Exploration: Mini sessions with representatives from Goodfellow AFB, Angelo State University’s Computer Science, Security Studies, and Information Technology departments, as well as the Regional Security Operations Center (RSOC)

Schedule

8:40 a.m.: Buses Arrive/Registration
9 a.m.: Welcome, Introductions and Expo Overview
9:20 a.m.: Workshops Begin
11:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: Elementary Lunch
12:30-1 p.m.: Middle School Lunch and Teacher Workshop/Lunch
1 p.m.: Awards Ceremony
1:40 p.m.:
Closing 
2 p.m.: Buses Depart

This event is part of the ongoing community-wide cybersecurity program being piloted in San Angelo by ASU and the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security. The program is funded by a $1.67 million grant from the National Security Agency and is designed to help entire communities become more cyber-secure.