The Division of Career and Technical Education reports that cybersecurity job openings in Idaho increased by 160% since 2015. There are currently four high school programs offered in Boise, Idaho Falls, Nampa and Caldwell.
“With the high school kids, they’re not as intimidated as some of the adults are. I see the potential in the future in these kids and they’ve got enthusiasm for it,” said Haney, who serves on DeAtley’s cybersecurity TAC.
A junior at Idaho Falls High School, Isaac Parsons attended INL camps and likes cybersecurity. He enjoys figuring out how companies are hacked and mitigating the damage.
“You get to actually talk to people,” Parsons said. “It’s not just sitting alone in a room with a hoodie on.”
Data analyst Randy Schrader contributed to this report.