“It’s clear that we need to create highly engaging, interactive experiences to show students the importance and potential of careers in cybersecurity.”
Seattle, WA — October 31, 2018
CodeDay, a 24-hour programming event hosted seasonally in 50 cities, is partnering with Splunk to train thousands of high school students in cybersecurity at its November 10-11 events.
Training takes the form of “CodeCup,” a two-hour session where students from each city compete to hack into simulated computers, as well as detect other hackers using real-world tools, such as Splunk’s threat detection platform.
More “Mr. Robot” than high school lecture, the city-vs-city competition puts students in tense situations which cybersecurity professionals face each day. Over 2,000 students are expected to participate this Nov 10.
Splunk, the data analytics company that helps organizations ask questions, get answers, take actions and achieve business outcomes from their data, believes that the importance of cybersecurity in the tech industry will only continue to grow.
“The growing volume of data coming from every organization and community runs parallel to the increase in cyber threats facing our society and our security skills gap. It’s clear that we need to create highly engaging, interactive experiences to show students the importance and potential of careers in cybersecurity,” said Corey Marshall, Director of Splunk4Good at Splunk.
“Splunk’s partnership with SRND has been an incredible opportunity for us to introduce students from diverse backgrounds to these skills required for high-demand technology careers.”
This thought was echoed by Tyler Menezes, Executive Director of SRND, the non-profit behind CodeDay. “So many of this year’s biggest stories involved hacks, and technology is only becoming more integrated in our lives. This is no longer an irrational fear. We need to make sure the next generation of developers are creating technology with security in mind.”