RSM encourages students to embrace information security opportunities
As the information security industry continues to grow at a rapid pace, the professional opportunities in the space for talented individuals continues to increase. For the past several years, SecureState, a national security and privacy consulting firm that joined RSM earlier this year, and the University of Pittsburgh's College in High School (CHS), have teamed-up to help bridge this gap and introduce students to information security topics, while creatively showcasing their skills. This year, 32 high school students completed the challenge, with a majority of the teams having at least one female participant. Given RSM’s strong focus on diversity and inclusion, we were excited to see that more girls competed in the event than ever before.
High school students spent the day working through Jeopardy-style challenges, including tasks related to cybersecurity, physical security, programming, social engineering and more, with higher point challenges designed to require a higher level of skill. Participating teams of up to four students collected points throughout the day as the challenges were completed. The winning team was awarded a scholarship of $1,000 to be shared between the students on the team. This year’s winners were from North Allegheny Senior High School in Wexford, Pennsylvania– the team was comprised of two juniors and two seniors.
After the competition, students and teachers were able to ask onsite RSM professionals questions, ranging from those specific to the challenges of the day to the different college programs available and potential jobs in the industry. Teachers also had opportunities to learn how they can incorporate information security into their curriculums.
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