If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. So goes the old saying, and it’s a maxim that holds especially true for hackers. With the sheer number of cybercriminals out there employing increasingly sophisticated strategies, the goal for aspiring cyber defenders couldn’t be clearer: Learn to beat them at their own game.
Luckily, there’s a camp for that. According to Voice of America News, a five-day summer program in San Diego is equipping its attendees with skills that are decidedly a departure from the old start-a-fire-or-learn-to-hold-your-breath-underwater approach. Instead, the high schoolers at this camp are learning how to hack.
But it’s for a good cause. Indeed, these kids will very likely become the enterprise security crusaders of tomorrow.
The way the camp operates is that the counselors devise networks that the kids must learn to breach. As the campers face more and more complex networks, they build skills that will help them in their professional futures.
“You have to know how a hacker attacks or how a hacker thinks to be able to defend against that kind of vulnerability,” said Jomarri Salomon, an 18-year-old attendee of the camp.
This camp is not the first of its kind. According to NPR, there was a similar one held in Las Vegas.