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Next generation of cyber experts talks about growing number of risks

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT )-- October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  It's a time that reminds cyber teams what they're up against in today's world.

Instead of talking to an industry professional or hacker, we decided to reach out to the next generation of cyber security and computer science experts. You can find quite a few at Huntsville City Schools.

Things may seem dire if you consider that the threats are ever-evolving as technology changes. These computer whizzes are already thinking about security threats, and they're in high school.

"It doesn't scare me as much because I don't have very much to lose at this point," commented Anna Bruton, a sophomore at New Century Technology High School, "but it scares me for my parents, my siblings."

"That's why I guess I'm here, to come up with ways to make it safer," said Cinque Robinson, a senior. He wants to pursue a career in the field, and while the cyber dangers may be intimidating, he said finds them to be a challenge he's ready to battle.

"I think I'll be learning a lot, even as I'm in the job field, because new things happen every day," said Anna.

They seem encouraged by the field that's growing along with them. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 37% growth in Information Security jobs through 2022. That's much faster than other occupations.

So it may be a good time to be ambitious in computer science. And these students are ready to protect the nation and its people from online threats.

"Huntsville is going to play a big part in cyber security. Our students are going to come out ready to get to work," said cyber security and networking teacher Jim Morse.