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15 under 15: Rising stars in cybersecurity

Bob Gourley

The Christian Science Monitor's Passcode traveled across the country to meet 15 kids under 15 years old who are fighting off the growing threat of cyberattacks. They are part of a new generation of tinkerers and boundary pushers – many still lugging school backpacks and wearing braces – who are mastering the numerical codes that underpin the digital world. But they aren’t trying to break the internet. They’re trying to put it together more securely.

These young "white hat" hackers are hunting electronic bugs, protecting school networks, and helping to safeguard electrical grids. They are entrepreneurs and community organizers bringing kids together to hack ethically. And unlike previous generations of hackers who were considered outlaws and deviants, these kids are now accepted by society and encouraged by adults.

View the full project at: passcode.csmonitor.com/HackerKids

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Bob Gourley writes on enterprise IT. He is a founder and partner at Cognitio Corp and publsher of CTOvision.com