The IoT (Internet of Things), is defined as
"the network of physical objects, devices, vehicles, buildings and other items which are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data." The rapid proliferation of this technology such as mobile, social and cloud computing provides personal and economic benefits.
Cisco Systems Inc., estimates the IoT will consist of 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020. However, with the rapid growth of technology comes increased vulnerability and
at the same time opportunities.
For example, there is a severe
shortage of personal to fill the current demand for security professionals as
noted in Burning Glass Technologies “Job Market Intelligence: Cybersecurity
Jobs, 2015” report. You might also be interested in reading the Global Knowledge Special Report 2016 on the 15 Top-Paying Certifications for 2016 of which six are in security.
This shortage has resulted in increased emphasis
and efforts to stimulate interest at middle and high school
levels through sponsored online competitions such as Cisco NetRiders; the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot. and CyberWatchWest whose mission reads,"...to increase the quantity and quality of the Cybersecurity workforce throughout the western United States." A recent article in PCWorld titled "How to Become an Ethical Hacker," outlines the education, certification and experience needed to become an ethical hacker otherwise known as a "white hat" hacker. Two of the basic certifications noted in this article can be taken as a result of the courses offered here at Irvington by those students who successfully complete the course work. To support this effort our curriculum continually
undergoes revision including the rollout of a cyber security course for 2016-17
In my class we will be using SchoolLoop for assignments and grades. Each student must have their own SchoolLoop account where they can monitor their progress daily. I encourage you to also register on SchoolLoop where you can monitor your student’s progress.
I do my best to keep SchoolLoop current, I would ask you to contact me by e-mail for the latest up-to-date status of your daughter or son's progress. Should you have any questions or concerns at any time, contact me at the e-mail address above. It is my preferred method of contact.
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