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.