Eastland-Fairfield program teaches students about cyber security at New Albany High School

The effort to beat computer hackers at their own game is being taught at New Albany High School.

The Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools has set up a satellite cyber-security lab at NAHS.

Andrew Schockman, 17, is pictured at his computer station at the new cyber-security lab at New Albany High School. Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools opened the training facility this year at NAHS. Schockman, a junior at the high school, said he enrolled in the class because it sounded interesting.

Eighteen juniors are enrolled in the class, which aims to give students a crack at a job out of high school or another skill set as they head to college.

Ty James, who teaches the class for Eastland-Fairfield, said the students are learning the basics of understanding multi-threat vectors and layered approaches to the network.

With more people working remotely from their own computers, exposure of corporate data becomes an even greater risk, James said.

“There are things that are going to introduce the threat to the network because hackers are looking for things that are opening something at work,” he said. “It really increases the surface area when people are working on separate networks from their homes.”