Northern Michigan University's Cyber Security Camp helps young computer enthusiasts learn about careers and opportunities in Internet security. Experts say cyber security is growing in importance across the country. "Enter password"... Words we see often online, but NMU instructors say it's becoming increasingly dangerous that hackers will access your sensitive information, and that many of today's best hackers are very young. NMU's Cyber Security Camp educates young students about the needs for online safety in hopes of engaging careers in security over hacking. "We want them to wear the white hat instead of the black hat. We actually use that term. We want them to be "white hat hackers" so they're working for the government or for corporations to protect resources for that organization against attack," said Ken Culp, Computer Science faculty member.
A handful of aspiring computer scientists joined in the camp. "It's been a lot of fun, really informational, and I was excited for it from the beginning, and I really want to look into this major so I was happy to hear about it," said Josh Hentschell from Manistique, entering his freshman year at NMU as a computer science major. Instructor Ken Culp teaches them computer programming and about information security. It's a prelude for NMU's new Cyber Security Major that he is developing. Culp says that cyber security is an expanding field in high demand with high salary, and that it's essential to protect this country against hackers.
"We're in a war. We're in a war where the enemy is very hard to see, very hard to find...We need to get involved in order to plug the holes in our defenses," Culp said.
Culp plans to have the new Cyber Security Program ready by fall of 2014. In the meantime, NMU is offering some electives in cyber security currently within the Criminal Justice Department.