If you thought a student ambitious enough to attempt CISSP certification in high school would take his time starting you'd be wrong! Liam is unlike most teenagers as his eyes are focussed directly on the goal of obtaining enough experience and certification to enter the cybersecurity workforce directly out of grade 12. It has been done successfully in markets such as San Antonio so why not New Brunswick? Why not Caledonia Regional High School? Why not Liam?
Using Microsoft's Touch Develop software Liam set his mind to coding cryptography programs. He first successfully coded an encryption program for which only he knew the key. He found this task to be a breeze and immediately started coding the decryption program for his encryption program. It should be noted that Liam decided to do this when the first communications with Bullet Proof Solutions in his Virtual Cooperative Program were delayed. This was not an assignment but rather independent effort to understand cryptography better by doing.
Liam is working with Bullet Proof Solutions out of Fredericton New Brunswick. He has 2 hours every day of this school year to study CISSP certification training materials, work on authentic tasks and communicate with real professional in the industry. It is expected that Liam will find his way to a few conferences this year to talk about his experience in New Brunswick’s K-12 cybersecurity education system.
My final High School year has begun!
This Year I have taken up the challenge
of learning Cybersecurity through a
Virtual Coop-Ed course with a company
called Bullet Proof Solutions.
My goals this year are to graduate with enough certification to be employed
in the field of cybersecurity and to be hired as soon as possible. Right now I know very little in the field of cybersecurity, but I feel with the aid of Bullet Proof Solutions' mentors I will be able to achieve my goals. Both the experience and over 350 hours of dedicated grade 12 time will prove very beneficial in supporting my goals.
Over the summer I have used several online tutorials and resources to help me prepare for this years challenges, I also read the Official (ISC) ² Guide to The CISSP CBK. These resources (Even though some ended up being more complicated than I could handle) have been very beneficial to my goals.