Operation K12 is a joint endeavor between Cyber Florida and the Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT) to infuse cybersecurity education into K-12 classrooms across the state. We work to educate students, teachers, and parents about safer online habits, inspire students to explore this critical and rapidly growing field through hands-on experiences, and empower teachers with the support and materials needed to prepare students for careers in cybersecurity!

Operation K12’s free resources include

  • Free Curricula: Off-the-shelf lesson plans and activities for all ages plus Cybersecurity Essentials, a full technical education course for high school juniors and seniors that prepares them to earn entry-level professional certifications
  • Cybersecurity Teachers Academy: Online boot camps that prepare educators to teach about cybersecurity and continuous support and professional development opportunities throughout the year
  • Camps & Competitions: Hands-on, interactive camps for elementary, middle, and high school students plus access to cyber competitions such as AFCEA’s Cyber Fortress, Raymond James CTF, the NICE Challenge, and the Air Force’s CyberPatriot program/li>
  • Field Trips: High school students experience diverse, real-world work environments, such as the offices of the Secret Service
  • The Career and Professional Education (CAPE) Accelerator Program: Augments the State’s successful CAPE Act with an additional $250 ‘bounty’ paid to teachers whose students successfully earn certification
  • A Speakers Bureau and Mentor Network: Dozens of current, noteworthy professionals from military cyber analysts to Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) from multinational corporations volunteer as mentors, guest speakers, and an expert resource for both students and teachers