Barnegat Teen’s Summer Included Cybersecurity Program

Aug 15, 2018
Courtesy of: Peter Toth Sr.

Barnegat High School looks like it has a computer expert in incoming junior Peter Toth Jr.

This past June he applied, interviewed and was chosen along with seven other 16- and 17-year-olds from around the country to represent the U.S. for this year’s Cybersecurity Leaders Exchange Program. There were also eight other students chosen from the United Kingdom to work together and travel around the Northeast over a two-week span with the American group.

During their time together from July 20 to Aug. 2, they studied cybersecurity at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt., then traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with representatives from the State Department, Homeland Security and other agencies.

In Vermont, the group participated in an eight-day cybersecurity camp led by Adam Goldstein, an expert in youth cybersecurity education. The curriculum for the residential summer camp was based on the curriculum from the U.S. government-funded “GenCyber – Security, Technology and Society” High School Summer Programs at Dartmouth College that Goldstein has led for the last five years. Lessons included understanding the threats of cybersecurity, introduction to network defense, application security, data protection, digital investigations, applied networking, defending networks, defending systems and digital forensics.

“It was interesting to meet students from England to discuss and exchange ideas,” said Toth, who this summer is interning at Targeted Technologies in Toms River.

His father, Pete Sr., said the teen has been interested in computers since age 8 and learned how to program by age 9. He helped to start a CyberPatriot program in both the Brackman Middle School and Barnegat High School that will start this fall. He has also been the captain of a CyberPatriot team with the Civil Air Patrol at McGuire Air Force Base that has won first place in New Jersey for three years in a row.

“My dad had me take apart computers and then put them together,” said Toth.

Upon graduation in 2020, Toth hopes to enter one of the U.S. military academies and major in cybersecurity.  —E.E.

 

 

 


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