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Gary Haller, a career and technical education teacher at Evanston Township High School, joined 25 other high school teachers from around the country at a high-intensity boot camp program earlier this week. The group met at the Brooklyn campus of Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) to learn the ropes in computer security as part of a program to help teachers mentor the cyber security experts of tomorrow.

CSAW Cyber Security Summer Boot Camp is part of a NYU-Poly study funded by the National Science Foundation to gauge the effectiveness of cyber security competitions in encouraging high schoolers to pursue careers in this field.

Teachers are receiving training in the fundamentals of cyber forensics and also learn to integrate cyber security into their computer science curricula for the classroom.

The United States is facing a critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals, a situation that President Obama has deemed a national security crisis. Rising rates of cybercrime now impact nearly every sector of business as well as individuals, and estimates show that the country needs to grow its computer security workforce by at least 30,000 highly qualified professionals.

Boot camp participants will return to their home schools to start and mentor a team to enter the 2012 CSAW High School Cyber Forensics Challenge in November.