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IUP offers cybersecurity workshop for students in middle school and older

| Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 9:15 p.m.
Norwin High School students and parents who attended a January 2016 scheduling fair learned about a cybersecurity study program offered in partnership with Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Phil Wilson | For Tribune-Review
Norwin High School students and parents who attended a January 2016 scheduling fair learned about a cybersecurity study program offered in partnership with Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present a free cybersecurity skills workshop for middle school, high school and college students and teachers March 24 at Westmoreland County Community College's main campus in Youngwood.

The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Commissioners Hall. Those attending will participate in hands-on learning while meeting professionals in the field.

Session topics include Cybersecurity 101, Communicating While Under Cyber Attack and Global Cyber-Crises Simulation: WWIII?

Space is limited. Registration is required by emailing CyberReg@westmoreland.edu.

The program is funded by a $120,000 grant from the National Security Agency , which includes funding two weeks of cybersecurity camps for middle school students and teachers.

The university also is a recent recipient of a grant from the National Science Foundation to support women and minorities in cybersecurity. It has received NSF grants related to this discipline.

IUP was first selected as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security in 2002, a recognition that the university continues to hold. IUP is one of six institutions in Pennsylvania and one of 102 universities in the nation selected.

According to experts, jobs in cybersecurity have grown 91 percent nationally, and the demand for cybersecurity workers is expected to rise to 6 million globally.

For details, contact Waleed Farag, IUP professor of computer science, at farag@iup.edu or 724-357-7995.

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