Mentoring Future Cyberwarriors

Dan MansonStudent competitors from three Los Angeles high schools were finalists in a nationwide cybersecurity competition, thanks to a partnership with the College of Business Administration, which provided computer labs and college mentors.

The Edward Roybal Learning Center, North Hollywood High and Franklin High were among just 12 teams from an initial pool of 1,200 that qualified for the final round of competition in March near Washington, D.C.

Computer information systems Professor Dan Manson, one of the nation’s most passionate advocates for cybersecurity education, initiated the collaboration with the Los Angeles Unified School District. He hopes the partnership will get talented students thinking about cybersecurity before they enter college.

“I want this to be as important and as popular as football, baseball and basketball,” Manson says.

Diane Miller (’81, information systems), director of InfoSec Operations and Cyber Initiatives at Northrop Grumman, is involved in CyberPatriot. She says the partnership is a model for the rest of the nation.

“They’re boosting students’ expectations on what they can achieve while creating a pipeline of talent that the nation so desperately needs,” she says.

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