Jeff Watts, Director of Cybersecurity for RPI Group Inc., facilitated an engaging workshop at James Monroe High School in Fredericksburg City, Virginia. A team from RPI joined high-school students as they kicked-off day one of the two week Virginia CyberCamp 2016, a summer state-funded program. The goal of CyberCamp 2016 is to increase awareness of careers in cybersecurity and engage students in project-driven learning, ultimately providing students a foundation in which they can pursue a cybersecurity related course of study and certification during the upcoming school year. James Monroe High School contacted RPI in early spring requesting the company’s voluntary participation.
Jeff’s two and a half hour presentation revolved around three principles: Cyber Safety, Cyber Security and Cyber Ethics. Through an interactive format, students remained engaged, answering questions, sharing stories, and working with fellow students on case studies while learning basic to advanced cybersecurity fundamentals. Even the adults in the room where fascinated by Jeff’s steganography and netstat demonstrations.
Matt Skinner, Jacquelyn Brookins and Joe Pleban accompanied Jeff by providing brief introductions and different cybersecurity perspectives.Matt spoke about his traditional college route in discovering his interest in technology and how he has navigated his way towards his current technical career with RPI. Jacquelyn provided insight to what organizations look for when hiring IT professionals, emphasizing the importance of good communication skills and continuing education. Lastly, Joe caught the crowd’s attention with an interesting look at technology advancements in prosthetics and how Bluetooth technologies have been used to power mimicking movements in prosthetic limbs.
Overall, Jeff delivered an age appropriate presentation to some highly-advanced technical students. The main purpose for RPI was to get young men and women excited about the cybersecurity field. Jeff opened the minds of high-schoolers to the good they can do for our country with integrity, knowledge and a passion for working in STEM.
Founded in 2001, RPI Group Inc. is a privately-held, service-disabled veteran owned small business providing a variety of tailored services to the National Security Community and the Defense Department. RPI is headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA with offices in Lexington Park, MD, Dahlgren, VA, Huntsville, AL, San Diego, CA and Denver, CO. RPI brings together an accomplished team of national security, systems engineering and cyber experts with the experience, relationships, and qualifications to support a wide range of clients.
Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Education http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2016/039-16.shtml