Atlanta, Georgia USA – November 5, 2013
EC-Council is proud to support CTEF’s initiatives to advance Cyber Security Education in the Florida School Systems and presented the foundation with a check in the amount of $39,800 to support their programs. CTEF approached EC-Council after learning of EC-Council iLabs’ fully automated Cyber Range platform. The iLabs solution not only protects students from unlawful activity over the network or Internet, it also protects the school network by providing a safe environment to test tools and get hands-on experience with a range of cyber attacks, tools, malware, and viruses.
At EC-Council’s national conference, Hacker Halted, EC-Council presented a check to CTEF for $39,800 representing a full 6 months access for 200 students in the Cyber Programs run by CTEF.
Said Steven Graham, Vice President of EC-Council, “We recognize the work Paul and CTEF are doing in the school systems in Florida and realize the next generation workforce will come from these STEM programs. Paul has been an innovator in this field and we are proud to be able to support such an ambitious program. With our technology, we can provide these STEM students the same tools industry professionals have their hands on in a completely safe, controlled environment. We hope the use of these labs and exercises will elevate the hands-on element of CTEF curriculum and enhance the overall program with a more real-world approach to cyber security.”
EC-Council iLabs allows students to dynamically access a host of Virtual Machines preconfigured with vulnerabilities, exploits, tools, and scripts from anywhere with an internet connection. The simple web portal enables students to launch an entire range of target machines and access them remotely with one click. It is the most cost effective, easy to use, live range lab solution available. For more information on iLabs contact steve.graham(at)eccouncil(dot)org or visit http://www.eccouncil.org/ilabs.
CTEF, in turn, has partnered with 9 Florida middle and high schools, including programs offered through Girls Inc. © and Boys and Girls Club of NE Florida. Middle school Cyber Warrior students learn cyber security, safety, and ethics. High school Cyber Warrior students concentrate on cryptography, ethical white-hat hacking, and decryption. High school students are challenged to strategize and collaborate in team competitions like the Cyber Patriot, a high school cyber defense competition created by the Air Force, and a Capture The Flag cyber challenge sponsored by MITRE for high school and college cyber teams.
Career Technical Education Foundation, Inc. (CTEF) is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) educational foundation created to work with and influence local educational systems through community and industry partnerships. CTEF is recognized nationally as a leader in building collaborative and supportive relationships between education, business and industry. CTEF’s engineering program has been recognized as a top 10 national Project Lead the Way model school, designated a Center of Excellence by Pinellas County Schools, and selected nationally as one of 15 PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education) STEM career academies in the U.S. CTEF has implemented cyber security, engineering, and biomedical programs. In March 2013, the founder and president of CTEF, J. Paul Wahnish, was recognized nationally in the cyber security arena as Information Systems Security Educator-of-the-Year by Federal Information Systems Security Educators’ Association (FISSEA). Visit http://www.careertechedfoundation.org for additional information.
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