Fifth grade students in the Tampa Bay area immersed in hands-on jobs at cybersecurity organization as part of Enterprise Village
KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, today announced its partnership with the Pinellas Education Foundation for their Enterprise Village initiative.
For over 30 years, Enterprise Village has provided a hands-on learning experience for the fifth grade students of Pinellas County. The economic education program takes place during the school year and is available for students to visit 6 weeks after they begin learning economic education objectives in their classrooms including how to write checks, use a debit card, apply to a job and more. The students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge at the village which is set up similarly to a shopping mall and work at one of the many businesses and participate as a consumer by making purchases in a business-sponsored storefront.
Through its partnership with the Pinellas Education Foundation, KnowBe4 will have a storefront at Enterprise Village for students to gain working experience in roles including a director of fun and shenanigans, a sales representative, an IT support specialist and more. Additionally, the KnowBe4 storefront will feature an arcade for students to explore during their breaks featuring the fun and interactive KnowBe4 game, “Password Zapper”, to learn about password safety and have the opportunity to win a prize.
“KnowBe4 is thrilled to partner with the Pinellas Education Foundation to support Enterprise Village this year,” said Kelly Barrena, VP of global talent brand and outreach, KnowBe4. “As a Tampa Bay native, I had the privilege of participating in Enterprise Village as a child and it remains a positive and fun core memory for me. KnowBe4 looks forward to our ongoing partnership as an opportunity to raise cybersecurity awareness for the students of Pinellas County and to support our local community.”
For more information on KnowBe4’s community involvement and more, visit https://www.knowbe4.com/careers/community-involvement.
For more information on Enterprise Village, visit https://www.pcsb.org/domain/12708.
KnowBe4, the provider of the world's largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 56,000 organizations around the globe. Founded by IT and data security specialist Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by raising awareness about ransomware, CEO fraud, and other social engineering tactics through a new-school approach to awareness training on security. Kevin Mitnick, an internationally recognized cybersecurity specialist, and KnowBe4's Chief Hacking Officer, helped design the KnowBe4 training based on his well-documented social engineering tactics. Tens of thousands of organizations rely on KnowBe4 to mobilize their end users as their last line of defense.
About the Pinellas Education Foundation
Established in 1986, the Pinellas Education Foundation is a dynamic, nationally recognized non-profit organization that leads the way in advancing public education and student achievement. The Foundation is committed to equity—a belief that every student deserves a high-quality education. Its mission is to accelerate educational achievement for all students through the effective mobilization of innovation, relationships, and resources, ensuring that every student will be prepared for life after high school. Foundation programs support academic achievement, whether students choose to attend college, enter the workforce, or obtain technical training, with program directors collaborating closely with Pinellas County Schools and a number of community and corporate partners. To learn more about the Pinellas Education Foundation and its partners, please visit https://pinellaseducation.org/.
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