SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - By 2021, it's projected that there will be 3.5 million unfiltered cybersecurity jobs worldwide.
Georgia Southern University's Armstrong campus is offering a camp geared towards attracting more students toward that profession. They're going to be online all summer anyway, so some local students figured why not learn something that will help them in the future.
"I just know I want to do something in cybersecurity," said Brent Shepherd.
Brent Shepherd is getting a start down that career path this week at the camp, which helps train high school students for a career in cyber defense. They're learning from experts in the field.
"Georgia Southern University Armstrong campus is designated as an NSA Center of Academic Excellence for cyber education. We follow the Air Force Association Cyber Patriot Program and the overall intent is to help contribute to the national cyber workforce by preparing high school students with some skills that would effectively make them more differentiated either right after high school or even going through college in the cyber workforce.
The students receive training in two computer systems and participate in an international competition for cybersecurity during the week-long camp. Now in its third year, the camp has delivered more than information.
"We've issued over $185,000 in cybersecurity skills scholarships. That's not academics, but it's industry certification like disaster recovery engineer, vulnerability assessor, penetration testing engineer," said Scott Scheidt, GSU Center for Applied Cyber Education.
Students will leave the week immediately employable, but also closer to the job they ultimately want to pursue.
"So, people know that I have at least some background in the field, so I know somewhat what I'm doing even fresh out of high school," Shepherd said.
Some students who participated in the camp the last two summers are already working in cybersecurity.