03 Mar Phi Beta Cyber
The Phi Beta Cyber Society connects the top U.S. men and women in cybersecurity with our high school students. Volunteer
We are a volunteer corps of experienced women and men who have devoted our careers to cyber defending and protecting the United States and its citizens, businesses, educational institutions, and organizations of all types.
Phi Beta Cyber volunteers generally have high academic achievement in computer sciences, industry certifications, and many years of government and / or commercial sector cyber defense experience (usually 15+ years). Some volunteers have published works, patents, and relevant accomplishments.
Our exclusive focus is on informing U.S. high school students about cybersecurity, higher education programs, and career opportunities in the field. Phi Beta Cyber volunteers pledge to speak at local high schools — in order to raise awareness around cybercrime, cyberwarfare, and the importance of cyber defense. The goal is to help generate more of our nation’s future cyber fighters.
There are no fees, dues or profit motives in connection with The Phi Beta Cyber Society — and we are not an “honorary society.”
A pledge to U.S. high schools and their students.
There are two conditions for volunteers to get involved with The Phi Beta Cyber Society. First, they must be a top expert in the cybersecurity field with the credentials and work history to prove it — sufficient to lend proper experience to the cause. Second, they must pledge to accept invitations to speak with students at local high schools.
If you’re a principal, guidance counselor, or administrator at a U.S. high school, then we encourage you to invite a Phi Beta Cyber volunteer to speak with your students. This can be done as a special event, as part of a career day, or just an informal talk with a group of students. There is no cost to your school.
An unbiased cybersecurity expert with years of industry experience is the best person to speak with your students. They can provide the facts, figures, and resources that parents need — to contemplate a potential future in cyber. Our volunteers are not paid for their involvement in The Phi Beta Cyber Society, or for visiting with your students.
The cybersecurity field offers excellent career opportunities for young people to learn, grow, serve and protect. The first step is for them to understand what it’s is all about. Our volunteers break it down to help students (and their parents) become well informed on cyber, post-high school educational options, and what types of careers may await them.
To request a Phi Beta Cyber visit to your school, contact us here.
Cybersecurity degree programs at U.S. colleges and universities.
The Phi Beta Cyber Society recently assisted on the Masters In Cyber Directory, an annual list of more than 125 M.S. in Cybersecurity programs offered at universities and colleges in the U.S.
The directory features a list of B.S. in Cybersecurity programs, as well as Online M.S. in Cybersecurity programs.
Students, parents, teachers, and high school counselors can search the directory by state or region, and they can view a summary of each university program. A hyperlink to the actual program on its university website allows for further exploration.
There are numerous other paths for high school students interested in cybersecurity to consider — including classroom and online training schools and community college programs.
Phi Beta Cyber volunteers are developing additional resources for the cybersecurity community, high schools, and their students.
IBM Launches Cybersecurity Skills Initiative for High School Students. Press Release
IBM Security has launched an initiative to help address the cybersecurity worker shortage through programs and partnerships that promote a “new collar” cybersecurity workforce strategy.
The security workforce shortage is growing rapidly, predicted to reach 3.5 million cybersecurity job openings by 2021 according to a recent report by Cybersecurity Ventures.
To address this shortage, IBM is sponsoring alternative education models such as Hacker Highschool and Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), while defining new workforce approaches to reach a broader pipeline of employees based on skills, experience and aptitudes as opposed to traditional hiring models which focus on degrees alone.
To help overcome the cybersecurity talent shortage and build the skills needed for the modern security workforce, IBM Security is investing in several initiatives including:
New collaboration with the Hacker Highschool project, an open cybersecurity training program for teens and young adults.
Continued investment in skills-based education, training & recruitment, including vocational training, coding camps, professional certification programs and innovative public/private education models like P-TECH (which IBM pioneered in 2011).
Get involved and support The Phi Beta Cyber Society movement.
We invite companies, organizations, educational institutions, and the media to support the Phi Beta Cyber movement. By doing so, you will salute the U.S. women and men in cyber who are so generously volunteering their time to help our high school students.
The quickest and easiest way to help is by openly declaring your support for The Phi Beta Cyber Society and displaying our logo where potential new volunteers, U.S high school officials, and the media can see it. We grant permission for anyone to use the logo in support of our mission. The low-res web friendly version appears at the top of this page (we also have a white on black version). To request a high-res .eps version of the logo for use in printed materials, contact us here.
We welcome sponsors, volunteers, content, and ideas. Tell us what you’re thinking.
DISCLAIMER: “Phi Beta Cyber is not in any way affiliated with, and has not been endorsed or approved by, the Phi Beta Kappa Society.”