A couple of months ago, I was at Starbucks I was talking to some kids who thought they were pretty cool, and they were really into computers. One of the kids was in high school, and I live in a resort retirement community, and he has made a lot of money for himself, enough to buy himself a new car helping little old ladies and grandpa’s configure their computers, and teach them how to use the new technologies they buy such as smart-phone, iPads, and eReaders. He’s your basic computer fix-it guy, and his customers love him and keep referring him to more work.
His friend says he is a hacker, and he has written a few smart phone apps as well, one which he charges for, and it’s been downloaded almost 10,000 times. It only costs one dollar, but he’s made $10,000, and he is only in high school. We got to talking about hacking, and how such illegal activity could get him into a lot of trouble, but he explained to me the various ways he went about it, so he could never get caught cours particuliers maths.
I asked him why he wouldn’t want to become a good hacker, and I told him that; “Good Hackers Are Important for Citizen’s PCs, and Corporations and Government IT Systems.” He thought that would be a good idea, and he was hoping that someday he would get a job in computer security, and work for a big company running their computer system.
So he basically agreed and wanted to get on that track. I asked him if he was studying math in high school, and he said he was, and he also was taking a computer science class at the college, and he was learning his calculus, and also learning how to write algorithms. In fact, he told me he had a final coming up next week that he was working on.
The other day I was thinking about this and I read a rather interesting post recently on the MIT blog which probably put it better than I, the article was posted on June 27, 2011 by Tim Simonite which was titled; “Breaking In for Good Reason – Paying someone to try to hack your systems can help you ready defenses against real attacks,” just prior to the DEFCON 2011 Hacker’s Conference in Las Vegas. The article stated;
“Not all hackers attacking companies are bad guys; some are being paid to do so by their target. In a service known as penetration testing, a security firm attempts to access or control a client’s systems in order to uncover weaknesses that could be exploited by a real attacker. ‘Certain types of businesses are legally required to undergo penetration tests, but many others are opting for them too,'”says Brian Holyfield.
Now then, my thinking is this, if these two boys continue to study their math, and take all of the advanced math courses, and study their computer sciences, they may just be the people protecting us in the future from cyber attacks, malicious viruses, and hackers. Soon they will be heroes in our civilization, all because they studied their math, and got the experience they needed early on. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.