Adairsville's Holden Gossett couldn't pass up an opportunity to spend a week of his summer break learning more about his field. The cadet first lieutenant at the University of North Georgia …
Adairsville's Holden Gossett couldn't pass up an opportunity to spend a week of his summer break learning more about his field.
The cadet first lieutenant at the University of North Georgia attended CyCon X: Maximizing Effects, a cybersecurity conference hosted by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia, the last week of May as part of the college's study abroad programs to expand students' global knowledge.
Members of the cybersecurity community were invited to bring their own choice of the most topical cybersecurity issues from technical, legal, policy, strategy or military perspectives to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the International Conference on Cyber Conflict and to address current cybersecurity challenges in an interdisciplinary manner through keynote speeches, plenaries, focused sessions and breakout discussions.
"The conference offered an opportunity to network and be involved within the world cyber community," said Gossett, 21, who left for Estonia May 25 and returned June 2. "During the conference, I attended a number of keynote presentations and discussion panels that spoke about world cyber conflict and the peripheral information about that."
The senior, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in cybersecurity, said the main thing he learned from the conference is that "the world as we know it is changing."
"Threats to national security are no longer only physical, and as a whole, the community is not entirely prepared for such issues," he said.
When he wasn't attending sessions at the conference, Gossett said he and fellow cadet Keegan George from Macon would go sightseeing in the city.
"I toured Tallinn, Estonia, multiple times, on my own and with my fellow student," he said.
The 2015 Adairsville High graduate was happy he was able to attend the conference.
"This was an awesome experience because it helped me develop my worldview," he said. "I now have a more rounded view of life in other countries and societies around the world. It gave me an opportunity to gain meaningful connections for when I enter the world of cybersecurity."
For the 2018-19 academic year, UNG has 36 active study abroad programs in 15 countries that will help students obtain personal and intellectual growth, career inspiration, work experience, language acquisition and intercultural understanding, as well as prepare them to be leaders in a global society, according to a press release.
The university will celebrate its international programs and partnerships with various events Nov. 12-16 as part of International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment.