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  • The Alliance has stated from its inception that giving back to local communities must be paramount to our missions.  Fifteen working senior security leaders from the Kansas City area kept true to that promise on Friday May 13th, 2016.  The Alliance, with support from Optiv Security and Risk IQ, partnered with Lee H. Tolbert academy to educate just under one hundred 6th-8th graders on the future opportunity for their success in our space.

    Larry Whiteside of Optiv security recognized that without material efforts to educate and inspire the future generations of information security leaders, we are all fighting a losing battle.

    Johnathan Wood of RiskIQ helped bring this event together, bringing Davyeon Ross, cofounder of Shottracker, an exciting new technology platform for basketball to speak with the kids about their future in the tech space.  Davyeon, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies, received a basketball scholarship from Benedictine University, where he was a four-year letterman and led the nation in field-goal shooting percentage.

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    The message of the day was simple, “You can be anything you want to be”  &  “tech/security education is available to you”

    After hearing from Davyeon and Larry, the students were broken into teams of two students each and led through a Capture The Flag exercise through open source software provided by Facebook.

    The workshop was focused on developing the analytical problem solving skills of the students.  Fifteen information security professionals joined the children during the workshop, working closely with them, making sure they understood the context of the question and tools they could use to help find the correct answer.

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    By gameifying the learning process, the students began to compete with each other, pushing themselves to answer more questions on their own.

    The Alliance knows that by partnering with selfless, dedicated information security leaders and the best solution providers in the industry, we can make a material impact on our space and the lives of thousands of kids.  The Kansas City community program was evidence of that.

    The Kansas City Community Event Program was made possible through the support of

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