23 July 2018 | by Jennifer McNeil-Haddad


Creating a Kid Friendly Cybersecurity Culture

Part I: From CyberLaunch to CISO

Jamie and Ben Rees are a father and son pair with a lot to discuss about building a cybersecurity culture. Their common interest in everything cyber appears to exceed and enrich all facets of their lives: home, work, school and even just for fun.

In Jamie’s work life, he occupies the role of Cybersecurity Information Security Officer (CISO) for a major local utility. He chair’s the Information Communications Technology Council’s (ICTC) National Cyber Security Leadership Council on Youth and Education, often speaking on topics related to engaging youth in digital skills, and he is on the editorial board of  Cyber Security: A Peer-Reviewed Journal, a publication out of the United Kingdom.

Maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that the technical dialogues related to coding, IoT and STEM come naturally to his nine-year-old son, Ben, too.

In this first of our three-part interview, Jamie and Ben converse broadly on everything from cybersecurity leadership to something called an “Internet of …hats…?” They dive a little deeper on some of the key projects in which Ben has had the opportunity to engage: from their maker-space at home, to Ben’s projects at school, and his exploration of interesting concepts through CyberLaunch Academy.

Join us for this first installment of a conversation we like to call:

Creating a Kid Friendly Cybersecurity Culture:

From CyberLaunch to CISO

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