Cyber Detectives, nation’s first interactive exhibit on Cyber Security, opens at The Tech Museum of Innovation
Exhibit lets visitors play the role of a cyber security pro
The nation’s first interactive exhibition about Cyber Security will open at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose next week. Cyber Detectives, presented by Palo Alto Networks, is aimed at empowering visitors with the tools to stay safe in a digital age. Visitors will learn how to crack codes, spot scams and prevent crime like a cyber security pro by solving puzzles and completing missions.
“You won’t find an experience like Cyber Detectives anywhere in the world,” said Tim Ritchie, President and CEO of The Tech. “Our exhibits team dove into the core of what it means protect yourself and your community online. Everyone who walks through our doors will gain the skills and knowledge necessary in the online world.”
The experience starts in a training zone where visitors will learn through games how to create strong passwords, detect malware, spot phishing scams, protect networks and understand the basics of encryption. These skills are tested in subsequent missions to prevent cyber crime and catch cyber criminals.
“Prevention of tomorrow’s cyber breaches begins with the education of today’s youth,” said Rick Howard, chief security officer at Palo Alto Networks. “Cyber Detectives will inspire the next generation of cyber security professionals while also making educated consumers out of visitors both young and old.”
The Tech’s exhibits team worked for nearly two years designing Cyber Detectives with input from some of the world’s top security experts, including many from Silicon Valley. Security professionals helped map out important topics to explore including risk assessment, privacy, authentication, and prevention of cyber crime.
“These men and women are the people responsible for keeping us safe,” said Michelle Maranowski, curator and exhibit content developer. “Being in the room with them was fascinating, and we can’t wait to share a slice of their expertise with our visitors.”
Cyber Detectives opens to the public on June 3. Media preview tours will be offered on Tuesday, June 2.
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About the Tech Museum of Innovation
The Tech is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum — located in the Capital of Silicon Valley — is a non-profit experiential learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing applied technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge presented by EMC, our annual team-design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, The Tech endeavors to inspire the innovator in everyone. The Tech recieved the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.