Cybersecurity is the practice of defending computers, servers, mobile devices, electronic systems, networks, and data from malicious attacks. It’s an industry that lead instructor Josh Beck is passionate about. He believes the Networking Lab and Security Operations Center classrooms are going to give students an edge when it’s time to enter the workforce or continue their education in college.
“By the time our students are seniors, they’ll have hands-on experience and industry certifications,” said Beck. “We’re going to graduate college-ready students who major in computer science or IT and cybersecurity. And we’ll have students who want to go directly into the workforce. The certifications we offer here are very valuable.”
Seyma Kilic attends the Engineering & Technologies Academy (ETA) at Roosevelt High School. She’s a former student of Beck’s who couldn’t pass up the chance to learn from him at a cutting-edge facility.
“I wasn’t interested in cyber at all before I met Mr. Beck,” said Kilic. “I think it was the perfect idea to open a cybersecurity academy here and NEISD is a role model for this. I’m really glad that you guys invested so much time and budget on this. It’s going to be an amazing learning and working environment for students and teachers.”
iCSI will add sophomores, juniors and seniors over the next three years. Every student will have the opportunity to graduate with at least six industry certifications at no cost to them.