Tech Future Lies in the Hands of Generation Z

Students are trying to bridge the gap in the Cybersecurity industry

Emma Gray, Managing Editor

Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing job industries in the country and junior Luke Schlueter is getting a jump start in the field.
“I became interested in cyber because I am amazed by technology and want to expand my knowledge in this field,” Schlueter said. “Also, I feel it will be a good skill to have no matter my future occupation.
Cybersecurity is the process of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks. With the growing number of digital devices, it’s getting harder for the government and businesses to protect secured information. These industries are reaching out to high schools and colleges in hopes of generating more interest in the field.
In response to this growing job demand, high schools and universities are implementing cybersecurity and other technological skills programs into their courses, trying to encourage younger students to become involved within the field.
Schleuter leaves school early every Friday to participate in the CyberPatriot club and team at Battlefield High School.
“I’ve been part of Battlefield’s CyberPatriot team for three years and plan on joining the team again next year.” Schluleter said.
Schleuter hopes to make this a career.
“I plan to get a double major in Computer Science (CS) and Computer Engineering (CE) with a minor in Criminal Justice,” Schlueter said. “Hopefully, one day, I’ll become a candidate to go into the FBI to fight crime on the technological front.”
People who are interested in persuing cyber security as a career don’t need to go far. Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) offers a Cybersecurity program. Students can earn a Cybersecurity Career Studies Certificate (Cpicture2SC) on its own or with an Associates Degree in Information Systems Technology (IST). From there, students can continue with Bachelors and Masters degrees in the field of Cybersecurity or can go straight into the workforce.
Schleuter has advice for anyone considering a career in this field.
“I believe students should look to iSTEM and cyber programs due to the demand in careers, the personal value of knowing how to maintain and use technology effectively, and that technology is our future.” Schlueter said. “Having a strong understanding of technology will be very useful for any job.”