In fact, (ISC)2 is going well below the college level and is venturing into the grade school environment. Its Safe and Secure Online Program for children ages seven to 14 is primarily designed to help children experience the Internet in a safe and secure manner, but one important side effect is that it exposes them to the possibility of security as a career.
"It opens the door," he says. "We explain to the kids that this is a very, very viable career path. Salaries are high. Unemployment is zero. And it's challenging. So many of them like puzzles and games that it really resonates."
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