Spartanburg High School Cultivates Cybersecurity Talent

  • Members of Spartanburg High School’s Cyber Patriots Team Competing in the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition

    Members of Spartanburg High School’s Cyber Patriots Team Competing in the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition

    Last year alone there were more than 1,500 data breaches in the U.S. and more than 70 percent of Americans say they’re worried that breaches like those could leave them the victim of identity fraud. But you can rest easy as of the country’s next generation of cybersecurity pros will likely be getting their start right here in the Upstate. With an expanded emphasis on high school level “CyberPatriot,” teams, an initiative that allows students to learn and explore the basics of securing online and hardwired systems, combined with a fast-growing cybersecurity program at colleges, means the men and women who will protect the computer systems of tomorrow are being guided and trained in Spartanburg today.

    As part of the League of Innovative Schools, Spartanburg High School designed curriculum to offer students with an interest in technology the fundamentals of cybersecurity and coding out of which the Cyber Viking Team was created. The team now competes with competitors from high schools across the country to see who can best think through fast-moving cybersecurity challenges.