A group of students at Rome Catholic School in Rome, N.Y., are learning how to become the future defenders of cyberspace through a pilot program developed by the U.S. Air Force that officials say is one of the first of its kind in the country.


The program teaches students about data protection, computer network protocols and vulnerabilities, security, firewalls and forensics, data hiding, and infrastructure and wireless security.


Most importantly, officials say, teachers discuss the ethical and legal considerations of cyber security.


"It's a great course. It's a little harder than

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