A few months ago I read the Dan Brown book, Digital Fortress. The books puts readers in the middle of a national security meltdown, where a rouge computer geek threatens to render the NSA’s code breaking computer useless.
The NSA is being held hostage… not by guns or bombs, but by a code so ingeniously complex that if released it will cripple U.S. intelligence.
For years the government had denied the existence of the NSA, but it seems that times have changed, and the agency is working to expand their public awareness with the youth of the country. The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) has announced two new CryptoKids®. The CyberTwins™, along with other existing charters such as, Crypto Cat™, bring a fun face to the “formerly” shadow government agency.
This announcement is meant to bring additional awareness to what the NSA does, and National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The NSA website is working to encourage young people to think about careers in Computer Forensics Investigators, Language Analysis, Cryptanalysis, Computer Science, Engineering/Physical Science, Signals Analysis, Mathematics, and Intelligence Analysis.
As the NSA website puts it,
It’s never too early to start thinking about what you want to be when you grow up!
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