The Public Eye with Eric Chabrow

Karen Evans, Mom, Champions Computer Security for Kids

Building a Career Foundation in High School
Karen Evans, Mom, Champions Computer Security for Kids

Karen Evans is known as the former de facto chief information office of the federal government, and in the past year, as national director of U.S. Cyber Challenge, the group promoting IT security careers for high school- and college-age students. She's also a mom.

And as a mother, Evans knows that introducing youngsters early in life to new interests - such as computer security - could influence what they'll study in college and what career they'll pursue.

That's a point she made at a press conference Tuesday that provided details on a new U.S. Cyber Challenge program aimed to identify talented high school students who one day might pursue cybersecurity careers (see Cyber Challenge Eyes High School Students).

In this audio clip, Evans explains why money - primarily from corporate sponsors - should be spent on a program aimed at high school students and not on developing more robust, college-level IT security programs, contending research backs her motherly instincts.

Listen to Karen Evans.

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Also watch the video, Why the Cyber Challenge is Needed, a previously recorded interview with Evans.

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About the Author

Eric Chabrow

Eric Chabrow

Retired Executive Editor, GovInfoSecurity

Chabrow, who retired at the end of 2017, hosted and produced the semi-weekly podcast ISMG Security Report and oversaw ISMG's GovInfoSecurity and InfoRiskToday. He's a veteran multimedia journalist who has covered information technology, government and business.

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