Senators introduce legislation to boost cyber defense training in high school

Senators introduce legislation to boost cyber defense training in high school
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A bipartisan group of senators on Thursday introduced legislation to increase cybersecurity training for U.S. high school students involved in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) in an effort to increase overall cyber defense training.

The JROTC Cyber Training Act would direct the secretary of Defense to create a program to enhance the preparation of JROTC high school students for military or civilian careers in cybersecurity and computer science, including internship or research opportunities and funding for training.

The bill is sponsored by Sens. Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenSenate Democrats want Warren to talk costs on 'Medicare for All' Hillicon Valley: Trump seeks review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract | FTC weighs updating kids' internet privacy rules | Schumer calls for FaceApp probe | Report says states need more money to secure elections Senators introduce legislation to boost cyber defense training in high school MORE (D-Nev.), Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnGraham, Van Hollen introduce Turkey sanctions bill Lawmakers toast Greta Van Susteren's new show GOP senators say Erdoğan White House invitation should be revoked MORE (R-Tenn.), John CornynJohn CornynTrump slams 'very dumb' O'Rourke for proposals on guns, tax exempt status for churches GOP cautions Graham against hauling Biden before Senate Succession at DHS up in the air as Trump set to nominate new head MORE (R-Texas) and Gary PetersGary Charles PetersThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges Poll shows Sen. Gary Peters with slim lead over GOP rival in Michigan From foster care to forever home MORE (D-Mich.).

According to Rosen’s office, the bill has the potential to bring computer science and cybersecurity training to 500,000 students nationwide at 3,400 schools with JROTC programs.

Rosen said in a statement that it is “pivotal that we take concrete steps to increase the number of individuals trained in the field of cybersecurity,” adding that she will “continue working on forward-thinking solutions” that bolster both national defense and cybersecurity training for the armed forces.

Blackburn noted that “by providing funding for high school training in areas such as computer science and cybersecurity, we can ensure that the next generation in uniform is prepared for the future of combat.”

Multiple education organizations have endorsed the bill, including The College Board, the Computer Science Teachers Organization, the National Girls Collaborative Project, and Code.org.

A companion bill was introduced in the House last month by Reps. Lizzie Fletcher (D-Texas), Conor Lamb (D-Pa.), Rob BishopRobert (Rob) William BishopHere are the lawmakers who aren't seeking reelection in 2020 Overnight Energy: House moves to block Trump drilling | House GOP rolls out proposal to counter offshore drilling ban | calls mount for NOAA probe House GOP rolls out energy proposal to counter Democrats offshore drilling ban MORE (R-Utah), Mike Waltz (R-Fla.) and Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierTestimony from GOP diplomat complicates Trump defense Sondland could provide more clues on Ukraine controversy Equal Rights Amendment and Justice Ginsburg's 'hope' comments MORE (D-Calif.). It has been referred to the House Armed Services Committee.