NSA, LifeJourney Partner To Offer Students a Taste of Cybersecurity Careers

LifeJourney, a provider of online career simulation experiences, will launch Day of Cyber February 29 at the RSA 2016 Conference in San Francisco in partnership with the National Security Agency (NSA).

The Day of Cyber is a self-guided, online interactive tour designed to help middle-school through college students become more aware of careers that may be available to them in cybersecurity. During the experience, students will be able to digitally follow a day in the life of six NSA professionals as they explain and demonstrate what their careers are about.

The program is intended to offer a fully automated online test drive in which students can see the potential benefits of pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers and becoming part of the in-demand digital workforce.

"Cybersecurity is the modern equivalent of the space race," said Robert Rodriguez, chairman and founder of the Security Innovation Network. "The need for the development of a cyber generation is impacting culture and education in much the same way the space race did in the 1960s. Cybertechnology is the new alphabet and is now the base foundation for so many digital opportunities for the future."

According to LifeJourney representatives, more than 2 million students and teachers have registered for the program in the last three months. The program, available to anyone with Internet access, is free and, although it will kick off February 29, the Day of Cyber can be experienced any time after that.

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