Cybersecurity camp to inspire next cyber stars

The first Purdue University Cybersecurity Camp, offered for free to 40 participants, will be offered at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus June 12-17. The camp, which aims to inspire the next generation of cyber stars, targets underrepresented minority students who will be enrolled in high school during Fall 2016. It is the first GenCyber student program to be offered in Indiana and surrounding Midwestern states.

Participants will learn about programming, cybersecurity, networking, ethics and online safety as part of the foundational courses.

In addition, they will experience hand-on activities focused on eight topics: high tech crime unit, cryptography and steganography, digital forensics, malicious software, mobile app development, network forensics, robotics, and the cybercriminal.

“We want our 40 students to leave the six-day camp with a sense of awareness of cybersecurity issues, potential careers in cybersecurity, and an appreciation for its impact on the individual and society at large,” said Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar, assistant professor of computer and information technology at Purdue University.

To ensure a level playing field, GenCyber camps are open to all student and teacher participants at no cost. Funding is provided jointly by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation.

For more information or to register, visit the camp website.



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