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3CSv Focus Group: K12 Cyber Talk

  • 1 Mar 2021
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Zoom Online Conference Breakout Room
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3CSv is an experiment in providing a more interactive, virtual forum - different from most virtual conferences where presenters simply talk at the participants.

K12 Cyber Talk

Providing a welcoming environment for K-12 students to learn and explore cybersecurity and its many different career options and opportunities.

Participation for this session is limited to 15 registrants. After these slots are filled, you may elect to be included in the wait list in the event of cancellations.

Track 1: Facilitated Online Focus Group

Focus group sessions examine issues involving multiple stakeholder groups who are debating the goals, success factors (objectives), and effective practices for successful mitigation or resolution of challenges, opportunities, or dilemmas facing the cybersecurity community.

Problem Definition

K12 Cyber Talk seeks answers to the question: How can we develop the talent and diversity needed in the Cybersecurity profession?

The goals of K12 Cyber Talk are as follows:

  • Produce webcast shows that raises awareness about the importance of cybersecurity.
  • Empower K12 students to pursue a career in cybersecurity.
  • Inform K12 students of opportunities within the cybersecurity educational and career pathways.
  • Build a community of K12 stakeholders interested in cybersecurity.
  • Increase diversity, inclusion, and equity within the cybersecurity community.
  • Change the lives and habits of individuals unaware of cybersecurity.
  • Increase participation in cybersecurity competitions and other extracurricular learning experiences.

Guiding Questions

  1. Does your school partner with local high schools and middle schools on the curricula and extra-curricular cybersecurity activities? 
  2. What do you believe is needed to develop the level of cybersecurity student talent and diversity that you would like to see entering college?
  3. Can a K12 Cybersecurity show become part of the K12 curriculum?
  4. What are the roles that student cybersecurity clubs play in developing cybersecurity talent and diversity in K12?
  5. Can peer-based learning work in K12 cybersecurity programs?
  6. How can we increase the quality and quantity of K12 cybersecurity experiential learning?
  7. After watching the K12 Cyber Talk show, what are your opinions of the current and future value of this show?

Session Facilitator: Dr. Dan Manson, Emeritus Professor, Computer Information Systems, Cal Poly Pomona

This session will be recorded and an edited transcript prepared for publication in the 2021 Special Issue of the Cybersecurity Skills Journal on Diversifying the Cybersecurity Workforce. Session participants may elect to have their comments excluded from the transcript during registration.

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