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Hacking The Cybersecurity Field: How To Get Into Cyber As A Young Adult

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Summarized by the Alliance for Fort Gordon
Published June 2, 2022

When I first began exploring my options, I heard about GenCyber camps from my older brother attending Dakota State University. Taking his suggestion, I attended my first GenCyber Girls in CybHER camp as a middle school student, which opened my eyes to some of the possibilities this field entailed. I used to think that the cybersecurity field was only for those who loved programming – which I did not. It was at this camp that I met CybHER founders Drs. Ashley Podhradksy and Dr. Pam Rowland. They quickly became an inspiration to me, and the more I learned about these trailblazers, who are breaking barriers for women in the field, the more inspired I became.

With this spark of excitement within me, I stayed in contact with Ashley and Pam and began to take their mentorship and guidance in exploring cybersecurity. While in high school, I had the opportunity to compete in The National Youth Education Program – CyberPatriot. CyberPatriot is a cyber defense competition where teams take on ​the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. This competition enabled me to gain technical skills and help find my passion for cybersecurity.

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