Drake State preparing the next generation of ‘cyber warriors’

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - On March 19, Drake State Technical college hosted its annual Cyber Security Conference; students are focusing on cyber security as a viable career path.

"Ordinary industry things that we take for granted; that we never realize can be easily hacked into. So the need for cyber security 'warriors,' people who have developed expertise in breaking through the networks and finding out how people can hack in and then build defenses for that, is becoming increasingly critical."

John Reutter​, Dean of Research and Planning says the demand for cyber security isn't going away any time soon.

"Within the next three or four years there will be over 600 openings for cyber security technicians right here in Huntsville alone," Reutter says.

Drake State boasts a computer information systems technology program with a cyber security emphasis and an electrical engineering technology department. Students can even dual enroll and start the programs in high school.

"We have students from both programs entering the cyber security career path."

At the conference students got to hear from speakers like security specialists at Northrop Grumman and Raytheon, as well as a privacy official with U.S. Army AMCOM.