Imagine having your car shut down as you motor down the highway. Pretty scary, right? Now imagine flying a fighter jet tens of thousands of feet in the air and having the same thing happen. With increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks, the terrifying scenario is no longer a storyline from a far-fetched spy novel.
ROTC cadets from Worcester recently participated in a cybersecurity lab at WPI where they navigated potential cyber threat scenarios and used tools and their own knowledge to solve them.
“One of the things we try to do is develop our students’ critical thinking,” says professor and department head of aerospace studies Lt. Col. Michael DeRosa, commander, Detachment 340 Air Force ROTC. “This ties right in with project-based learning.”
Thirty-six cadets from WPI, Holy Cross, Quinsigamond Community College, and Becker College participated in a cybersecurity lab at WPI that brought in personnel from the Air Force Research Lab in Rome, N.Y., and expert assistance from a U.S. Air Force Weapons School graduate of the 102nd Intelligence Wing (Cape Cod).