Educating the Next Generation of Cyber Aware Citizens

According to, Illinois has the 12th highest demand for jobs in the Cybersecurity industry. With over half a million current job openings in the United States and an anticipated 3.5 million openings globally, Cybersecurity is one of the fastest-growing job markets today. Schools not only have a responsibility to educate students on how to protect their data and online privacy, but they must also prepare students for the workforce.

This session will share resources on how to engage and prepare students to be better cyber aware citizens and to prepare them for careers in Cybersecurity. We will discuss the current status of National K-12 Curriculum Standards, free and paid curriculum offerings, Cyber Clubs and Competitions, articulation and dual-credit possibilities with National Centers for Academic Excellence schools, certification options for high school students, and how to NOT freak out your IT department when mentioning Cybersecurity courses for students!

Presenter Bio

Chris is an Instructional Technology Director and Cybersecurity teacher at Waubonsie Valley High School in Indian Prairie School District 204. Prior to working in his present role, Chris was a Teacher On Special Assignment for Instructional Technology, at Huntley CSD 158. In his 16 years in education, he has also served as a Technology Integration Specialist and taught Middle School Computer Literacy classes. Chris has presented at CoSN, Tech&Learning Live, ICE (now IDEAcon), IETC, & TechCON. He has been working in educational technology for over 24 years, which includes his employment in educational software sales and marketing before becoming an educator.

January 14 @ 14:00
2:00 pm — 2:50 pm (50′)

Chris Skrzypchak