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Fostering Interest and Knowledge in the Information Security Industry for K-12 Students Using Virtual Machines

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2017 Mid-Atlantic Section Fall Conference

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Penn State University - Berks Campus - Reading, Pennsylvania

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October 6, 2017

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October 6, 2017

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October 7, 2017

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Mid Atlantic Papers

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Mid-Atlantic Section Fall Conference

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8

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https://peer.asee.org/29379

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Ethan Patrick Adams Penn State University: Berks Campus

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Ethan Adams is a second-year student majoring in the Information Sciences and Technology and Security & Risk Analysis programs at Penn State Berks.

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Patrick Joseph Scanlon

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Patrick Scanlon is a second year year student majoring in Information Sciences and Technology and minoring in Security & Risk Analysis. He also works as a student IT consultant at Penn State Berks.

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Joseph Torres Penn State Berks GenCyber

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Tricia Clark Penn State Berks

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TRICIA K. CLARK, M.S., Instructor and Program Coordinator for the Information Sciences & Technology degree program at Penn State Berks. Teaching interests include programming, information security and first-year experience. Research interests include exploring ways technology can be integrated into teaching and promoting STEM education opportunities to K-12 students.

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Terence Laughlin Blue Mountain High School

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Abdullah Konak Penn State Berks

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Abdullah Konak is a Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University Berks. Dr. Konak received his degrees in Industrial Engineering, B.S. from Yildiz Technical University, Turkey, M.S. from Bradley University, and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to his current position, he taught at Auburn University. Dr. Konak also held visiting positions at Lehigh University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Dr. Konak’s current research interest is in the application of Operations Research techniques to complex problems, including such topics as network design, network reliability, facilities design, green logistics, and data mining. Dr. Konak has published papers in leading journals such as Operations Research Letters, Informs Journal on Computing, Europan Journal of Operations Research, Computers and Operations Research, IIE Transactions, IEEE Transactions on Reliability, International Journal of Production Research, and Production Economics. He has been a principal investigator in sponsored projects from the National Science Foundation, the National Security Agency, the US Department of Labor, and Venture Well.

Dr. Konak currently teaches courses on Database Management Systems, Cybersecurity, Agent Based Modelling, and Entrepreneurship. He is a member of IISE, INFORMS, and IEEE.

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Abstract

The field of information security is growing rapidly as malicious attacks to information systems become more frequent and detrimental to individuals and organizations who have become increasingly dependent upon these systems. With such a dramatic growth in demand in a short timeframe, there exists a shortage in the supply of professionals entering the field. In order to assist in the remediation of this gap, the Penn State Berks Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and Security Risk Analysis (SRA) programs are hosting an annual NSA and NSF sponsored summer camp as part of the GenCyber program. This camp is focused on critical thinking, problem-solving, and igniting interest in information security and other STEM fields through the application of hands-on activities in the security of a virtual machine environment. By implementing this program, Penn State Berks aims to show students the value of information security as early as reasonably possible, share the knowledge of safe practices and principles for using the Internet safely, and instill an interest in cybersecurity, as well as the STEM field as a whole. The evaluation of the program shows that the participants make significant progress towards achieving the learning outcomes of the summer camps.

Adams, E. P., & Scanlon, P. J., & Torres, J., & Clark, T., & Laughlin, T., & Konak, A. (2017, October), Fostering Interest and Knowledge in the Information Security Industry for K-12 Students Using Virtual Machines Paper presented at 2017 Mid-Atlantic Section Fall Conference, Penn State University - Berks Campus - Reading, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/29379

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