Using a Space Camp Model for Next Generation Security Training

Presented at HOPE Number Nine (2012), July 13, 2012, 1 p.m. (60 minutes)

Marc Tobias says the U.S. intelligence community lacks imagination because it doesn’t have any kids. Would an immersive, space camp-type environment ignite kids’ interest and be the best way to train them in the art and science of physical, cyber, and electronic security? Marc and his colleagues need your input on a training model where the world’s foremost physical security professionals and cyber-wizards would teach via sophisticated gaming, high tech tools, cyber-type Hogan’s Alleys, advanced techniques, and simulators. The panelists will engage the HOPE audience in an interactive discussion about how to improve America’s low “security intelligence” by training young people more effectively.


  • Marc Weber Tobias
    Marc Weber Tobias is a security specialist, principal attorney for Investigative Law Offices P.C., and contributing writer to Forbes. He has authored seven police textbooks, including Locks, Safes, and Security, a primary reference for law enforcement and security professionals internationally.
  • Matt Fiddler
    Matt Fiddler is a registered locksmith, CISSP, and director of international information protection for a large financial services organization. He has extensive expertise in the area of Unix and network engineering, security consulting, computer forensics, and intrusion analysis.
  • Tommie R. Blackwell
    Tommie R. Blackwell is CEO of Creative CYNERGY, and the former senior vice president of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center/Space Camp. She also served as chief educator for the creation of the worldwide GLOBE program for the White House.


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