CYBER.ORG unveils project to help disabled people learn cybersecurity

CYBER.ORG, a cybersecurity workforce development organisation, has launched a project to provide cybersecurity education to blind and visually impaired students.

According to Security Week, the Project Access program will include a series of summer camps meant to introduce students between ages 13-21 to key cybersecurity topics and help them develop skills that will allow them to pursue careers in the industry.

The program was originally piloted in 2017 alongside Virginia’s Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired to create a cybersecurity curriculum for the blind and vision impaired. Up to 94% of the students taking part in the Virginia program were found to have shown interest in pursuing cyber education and careers.

Security Week mentioned that nonvisual techniques will be used with students with no prior computer or technology experience, while those with secondary disabilities will have access to hands-on learning opportunities and STEM career exploration.

Under the supervision of CYBER.ORG, local teachers will lead Linux summer camps in Virginia, Michigan and robotics summer camps in Arkansas and Maine. Students will also be able to meet cybersecurity professionals.

In the Linux camps, students will learn about network and server operations, how to set up servers, and how to verify if websites are 508-compliant. In the robotics camps, students will learn basic coding skills, circuit construction, bot assembly and best practices for cyber safety applications.

Inspectiv, a vulnerability detection platform, recently closed its Series A round on $16m.

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