High Schoolers Explore Security at GenCyber Camp 2017

Posted: Thursday, July 20th 2017 at 1:03 PM

The University of Arizona’s MIS department received a GenCyber* grant allowing them to provide three separate cybersecurity awareness camps for rising high school students and their teachers. The second camp was hosted by Northern Arizona University’s The W. A. Franke College of Business (FCB) from July 10–14, 2017.

Eric Case, CISSP, with UofA’s MIS department and his team of four UA undergraduates facilitated the camp content. The UA students provided a real-life window on college life to the high schoolers as well.

The camp was facilitated on the FCB side by Mandy Dang and Gavin Zhang, associate professors of Information Systems.

“The W. A. Franke College of Business was a great host and a wonderful location for the camp, said Case.

The camps are free and included lessons and meals. High school teachers attending received a $1,000 stipend (per camp week) and cybersecurity classroom modules that they can use for their high school classes.

Campers learned through hands-on activities and through presentations by industry leaders. Topics covered include

  • How to be safe and secure online
  • Encryption
  • Passwords
  • Application security (web hacking)
  • Internet of Things
  • Comic-BEE (building an interactive comic about cybersecurity)
  • Networking
  • Forensics

A special thank you to the following guest speakers who helped with the NAU camp.

  • Michael Zimmer, Associate Director of Security and Information Technology, Northern Arizona University
  • Mark Richardson, Operations Manager Utilities Division, City of Flagstaff
  • Officer T. Cooper, School Resource Officer, Flagstaff Police Department

When asked what their favorite thing about the camp was, student responses included the talk with the Officer Cooper as well as the city water employee; “messing” with Security Shepherd, a web hacking target; and the balloon and fingerprint activity.

Case said, “When Officer Cooper joined us for lunch, we extended the discussion an hour because the students asked so many questions!”

“This year’s camp is just the beginning. I’m looking forward to several camps in Flagstaff next year,” Case concluded.

* About GenCyber

GenCyber is a nation-wide grant program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Security Agency (NSA). With the intent of building excitement and awareness of the important field of cybersecurity. GenCyber provides funding to programs with introduce middle and high students and their teachers to the fields of cybersecurity. Visit gen-cyber.com/

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