Longs Peak Middle School students learn cybersecurity basics

Longs Peak Middle School eighth-grader Carmen Oliveros started coding in elementary school and now is tackling protecting computers from hackers.

"It's opened a whole new world of computers," she said. "I'm learning a lot of cool security ideas."

Carmen is one of about a dozen students learning to combat online threats in the Longmont school's new cybersecurity club.

LogRhythm, a Boulder-based cybersecurity firm, partnered with the school to support instruction and cover the cost of technology upgrades and competition registration. Two employees also are working with the students as mentors.

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