When the Board members of the Bruce Fishkin Scholarship Fund interviewed a teenage Jack Cable, we knew he was a superstar.
Jack, raised in the northern Chicago suburb of Glencoe, told us of his having already competed in numerous cyber hacking competitions nationally and internationally, including the U.S. Department of Defense’s Hack the Air Force program. He had placed first in that competition despite only being 17! The second round of interviews revealed more of Jack’s intelligence and commitment to safeguarding national and international secrets. His selection as a Bruce Fishkin Scholar was an easy one.
Two years later, the accolades and accomplishments have kept accruing for Jack, now a sophomore at Stanford University:
- Time named Jack one of the most influential teens of 2018.
- Jack became the youngest person to receive security clearance from the Defense Department through his work on government cybersecurity programs.
- Jack started his own cybersecurity consulting company, Lightning Security.
- NBC’s Today Show featured Jack and his talents in February 2019.
- Jack last month published an article on why “Every Computer Science Degree Should Require a Course in Cybersecurity” on the website of the Harvard Business Review.
As Jack wrote in his application essay: “I like to imagine my future as an open path for me to create, applying my skills and motivation to improve the world.”
There was no doubt among the Board, then nor now, that Jack’s path is wide open and that he represents the best of the next generation: talented, ambitious, creative and determined to make the world a better and safer place.
We couldn’t be prouder to help enable Jack’s vision for his future.