Canada’s cybersecurity education initiative.
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The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) seeks to empower Canadian youth through innovative ICT & digital skills education initiatives like Focus on Information Technology (FIT).
Recognizing the importance of this, we, at ICTC, introduced CyberTitan, Canada’s National Youth Cyber Education Program, in affiliation with the (US) Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot Program which is presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation. Youth compete with more than 5000 teams in a global competition!
Thank you to Sisler High School in Winnipeg, Manitoba for helping us kick-start CyberTitan in Canada.
CyberTitan prepares middle and secondary school students with critical skills for a digital-based economy - skills like problem-solving, creativity, analytical thinking, communications & collaboration!
At the center of CyberTitan is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition, hosted virtually by CyberPatriot, puts teams of secondary and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and securing the system while maintaining critical services, with each round taking six hours.
As a country, we need to prepare the next generation of students with the skills necessary to protect our governments, industries, and individuals from global cyber threats while also providing pathways to promising careers. This partnership-driven initiative with industry, government and schools across Canada is intended to do just that!
As tomorrow’s leaders and innovators, youth are a vital talent pool to meet cybersecurity skill demands. Regardless of what career path youth choose, ensuring they develop cybersecurity skills in school is paramount to equip them with critical digital and cyber skills as the Internet of Things permeates their everyday lives.
Each school year, CyberTitan teams compete to earn a trip to the CyberTitan National Finals in Ottawa, ON where the best teams across Canada compete. Additionally, CyberTitan teams also compete with teams globally to earn an all-expense paid trip to Baltimore, Maryland to compete in the CyberPatriot National Finals (April each year).
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“Reaching the youth, helping them understand not only the demand for the various roles, but the personal satisfaction available in a cybersecurity career, is a foundational step to addressing the growing need. They are our future innovators, entrepreneurs and solution providers and the council members and I are privileged to be part of this critical initiative to get them engaged.”
– Jamie Rees, CISO, Énergie NB Power, Chair, National Cyber Security Leadership Council on Youth and Education, ICTC.