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Cyber Security Student Track

Join us at the IT Hot Topics 2016 - Cyber Security Student Track on Thursday, May 5th, where students are invited to interact and collaborate with the industry's leading IT professionals. Participation is complimentary to local high school students competing in the AFA CyberPatriot Challenges as well as their coaches and mentors, and includes a comprehensive roster of activities and learning opportunities and hands-on activities.

Free event for NC high school students competing in CyberPatriot
The 2015 pilot program was a massive success and Carolina Advanced Digital is stepping forward again to sponsor an intensive free program that includes a full day of cyber security focused activities for students. This year’s event is expanding to include larger student attendance, more professional outreach, and added emphasis on STEM career opportunities.

2015 Cyber Security Student Track
Local high school teams competing in the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot Challenge again have the opportunity for intensive event preparation at the upcoming 2nd Annual Cyber Security Student Track, hosted by Carolina Advanced Digital as part of the 2016 IT Hot Topics Conference May 4-6th, 2016 in Durham, NC.

Building on the success of last year’s debut event, the 2016 edition of the Cyber Security Student Track will include a host of planned activities designed to support local students and teams.

May 5th Cyber Security Student Track Activities
  • Keynotes on leadership and the future of technology
  • Student reception with industry professionals mixer
  • Participation in conference activities
  • Breakout sessions on physical and digital security
  • Peer CyberPatriot round table sessions to discuss challenges and strategies
  • STEM and IT industry mentoring sessions with local professionals
  • Breakfast, lunch and exclusive meet-and-greets with invited guests and speakers
To make a donation to the Cyber Security Student track, please click on the red button below!

All Cyber Security Student Track events are held onsite at the IT Hot Topics Conference.
Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Conference Center
4700 Emperor Blvd, Durham, NC 27703

8:00-9:00 Breakfast & Registration
9:00-10:15 Keynote with Dave Kennedy
10:30-11:20 Student Track Session 1
11:30-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:50 Student Track Session 2
2:00-2:50 Student Track Session 3
3:00-3:15 Afternoon break
3:15-4:50 Hands-on Activities and Challenges
5:00-6:00 Cyber Security Student Reception

The first event, which included a keynote speech by Dr. Uma Gupta of STEM-SMART, earned an enthusiastic response from the community. “Last year was tremendously fun and rewarding and we were immensely gratified at the community’s response,” said John Jabbusch, President and Chief Engineer at Carolina Advanced Digital. “The North Carolina students and schools, along with the supporting technology organizations involved were extremely appreciative and our next opportunity to sponsor this event is something we’ve looked forward to and enjoyed planning ever since.”

Read more about our 2015 pilot program.

“Creating formalized opportunities to educate and encourage students toward STEM and IT disciplines is still an intensive need, nationally and locally, and Cyber Security Student Track has proven to be a very successful means toward accomplishing those goals,” said Mr. Jabbusch.

The community has also taken notice and participation in this year’s event is expected to increase substantially. Carolina Advanced Digital is matching the swell in interest with an expanded program of events and an enhanced roster of participating supporters drawn from local North Carolina tech companies.

“We have been active in directly mentoring local students and teams, but the Cyber Security Student Track has really blossomed into an event that connects local tech professionals and the student community in a substantial way,” said Jennifer Minella, Vice President of Engineering at Carolina Advanced Digital and a lead CyberPatriot mentor. “We all recognize that these students are our future industry innovators and leaders and this is a unique chance to engage them, inspire them, and show them that STEM careers offer a world of opportunity.”

“The first Cyber Security Student Track was a proof of concept in some ways,” said Ms. Minella. “Now that we’ve demonstrated how rewarding it is to engage students, we’re really seeing enthusiastic buy-in from local companies and organizations, including Raleigh ISSA and NCTA. We’ve got the ball rolling on an event that will be an industry calendar highlight for years to come.”