Barry is an information assurance analyst for TRISTAR Engineering, a defense contractor in southern Indiana. His job is to keep sensitive data secure by protecting computer networks and systems. Barry is protecting computer systems and preventing cyber threats in the Uplands.

Information security and cybersecurity professionals like Barry work to protect many different kinds of data, including banking information, health records, and people’s personal information. Being a cybersecurity analyst requires an in-depth knowledge of not only computer systems and programming but also encryption strategies. They also help train people on best information security practices such as identifying suspicious links in emails as well as keeping passwords private. 

To learn more about Barry and his career path, explore his profile page.

Resources for Educators, Parents, and Students

These standards-aligned activities provide students with opportunities to practice the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for a career similar to Barry’s role as a cybersecurity expert. Each activity guide provides educators with both leader notes and student handouts, as well as detailed materials lists and timing guides. Click on the activities below to learn more!

Grades 3-5

Code Makers, Code Breakers

Explore how computers communicate and save information using binary codes.

Grades 6-8


Learn how ciphers and encryption are used to protect information.

Grades 9-12

Can You Hack it?

Make (and break) secret codes and send messages.

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