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Cyber Patriots

A group of Oklahoma cyber patriots are hoping to make an impact on cyber security.
Cyber Patriots

Group of Cyber Patriots

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Great Plains Tech Center
Canadian Valley Tech Center
Central Tech--Drumright
Central Tech--Sapulpa
Francis Tuttle Tech Center
Meridian Tech Center
Mid-America Tech Center
Tulsa Tech
Cyber Security Education Consortium

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Show 1121: Cyber Patriots

Air date: May 22, 2011

 

Transcript

ROB:  AND IT IS THAT IMPACT, A GROUP OF OKLAHOMA CYBER PATRIOTS HOPE TO MAKE.  THE CYBER SECURITY TEAM FROM GREAT PLAINS TECH CENTER IN LAWTON WAS ONLY ONE OF 12 TEAMS TO QUALIFY FOR AN EVEN T IN OUR NATION’S CAPITOL, THAT WHILE FUN AND GAMES, IS ON A SUBJECT OF NATIONAL SECURITY.

[SOUNDS IN CLASSROOM]

ALISA HINES:  SOMEDAY THEY’LL KEEP US SECURE.

JOSH DURHAM:  IF I SHARE A COMPUTER I KNOW IT’S SAFE, YOU KNOW.

ALISA:  JOSH DURHAM IS A CYBER SECURITY STUDENT AT GREAT PLAINS TECHNOLOGY CENTER IN LAWTON AND SAYS, THEY’RE UP FOR THE CHALLENGE.

JOSH:  THIS YEAR WE FOCUSED A LOT MORE ON POLICIES AND, YOU KNOW, THE FINE TUNING OF SECURITY A LITTLE BIT MORE.

WESLEY SLOAN:  WHAT WE ACTUALLY FOCUS ON IS THE SECURITY SIDE OF IT.

ALISA:  WESLEY SLOAN IS THE INSTRUCTOR, AND SAYS PROTECTION IS KEY.

SLOAN:  THAT’S WHAT WE’RE ABOUT; WE’RE, WE’RE ABOUT PROTECTING A COMPANY’S ASSETS, NOT JUST THE COMPANY.  BUT IF YOU LOOK AT IT, THE UNITED STATES, THE INFRASTRUCTURE, YOU KNOW, WE WANT TO SECURE GAS LINES, OIL LINES, ANYTHING THAT’S COMPUTER-BASED, YOU KNOW, WE NEED, WE NEED TO SECURE THAT.

ALISA:  AND ONE WAY TO FIND OUT HOW GOOD YOU ARE IS TO PUT YOUR ABILITIES TO THE TEST.  THE CYBER PATRIOTS COMPETITION PITS THE TEAM OF FIVE STUDENTS AGAINST HACKERS TO SEE HOW WELL THEY CAN PROTECT THEIR NETWORK.

SLOAN:  WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT IS, IT PUTS THEM IN A REAL WORK SITUATION.  CAUSE SOMETIMES I CAN’T DO THAT HERE IN THE CLASSROOM BECAUSE OF SECURITY ISSUES WITH THE SCHOOLS NETWORK.  SO, THIS ACTUALLY IS GONNA PUT THEM IN WHAT THEY’RE ACTUALLY GONNA SEE WHEN THEY GET OUT INTO THE WORKFORCE.

ALISA:  AND WESLEY IS VERY PROUD OF HIS STUDENTS.

SLOAN:  JUST FOR US MAKING THE FINALS, BEING IN THE TOP 12, SAYS A LOT ABOUT MY GUYS, ABOUT CAREERTECH, YOUKNOW, AND WHAT WE DO; BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, WE ARE TRAINING THE WORKFORCE.  WE’RE A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN, YOU KNOW, UNIVERSITIES WHERE THERE’S A LOT OF THEORY; HERE WE’RE, WE’RE THEORY AND HANDS-ON, BECAUSE WE’RE TRYING TO GET PEOPLE TO GET OUT AND GET JOBS AND MAKE THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA A BETTER PLACE.

ALISA:  AND THE COMPETITION GIVES THE STUDENTS AN EXTRA ADVANTAGE.

SLOAN:  THIS IS SPONSORED BY A BUNCH OF DEFENSE CONTRACTORS, THE BIG ONES, NORTHRUP-GRUMMOND, GENERAL DYNAMICS, RAYTHEON, BOEING.

ALISA:  MAKING THESE STUDENTS WELL-KNOWN TO COMPANIES THEY MAY WORK FOR IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

ROB:  AND THE CYBER TEAM FROM LAWTON IS NOT ALONE.  LAUNCHED IN 2002, THE CYBER SECURITY EDUCATION CONSORTIUM HAS GROWN INTO AN 8 STATE EFFORT, WITH MORE THAN 1,200 STUDENTS AT TECHNOLOGY CENTERS, COMMUNITY COLLEGES, AND THE UNIVERSITY OF TULSA.  NOW IF YOU’D LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CYBER SECURITY TRAINING HERE IN THE STATE, JUST HEAD TO OKHORIZON.COM WHERE WE HAVE A LINK TO SEVERAL PROGRAMS, PLUS MORE STORIES ON THIS GROWING FIELD.